Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and the University of Maryland School of Nursing

Our Environment, Our Health: A Nurse's Call to Action — National Conference — June 7-8, 2010 — Baltimore, MD

Conference Schedule

Day One (June 7, 2010)

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome

Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing

8:45 – 9:45 Keynote Address
“In or Out” of Harms Way: An Ecosocial View of Environment and Health
9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Plenary Session
Chemical Connections: Troubling New Science About Pollution’s Toll on America’s Health
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Plenary Session
Confronting the Crisis, Crash, and Collapse: Health Leaders’ Part in Creating Co-beneficial Solutions for Health, Economy, and Environment
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Breakout Session I
  • Greening Nursing Curriculum
  • Ruth McDermott Levy, PhD, RN
    Assistant Professor
    Villanova University

    Kathryn P. Jackman-Murphy, MSN, RN
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Naugatuck Valley Community College
    Environmental Nurse Consultant
    Connecticut Nurses’ Association

    Allison Del Bene Davis, PhD, RN
    Assistant Professor
    University of Maryland School of Nursing

  • Environmental Health Nursing Research: The State of the Science
  • State of the Science: Nursing Interventions and Environmental Health Outcomes
    Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Dean and Professor
    Washington State University College of Nursing

    The Future of Environmental Health Nursing Research
    Wade G. Hill, PhD, PHCNS-BC
    Associate Professor
    Montana State University

  • Chemical Policy and Advocacy for the 21st Century
  • Making Sense of Chemical Chaos
    Charlotte Brody, RN
    Director of Chemicals and Green Chemistry
    BlueGreen Alliance

    Reforming the Federal Chemicals Law: Policy, Politics, Prognosis
    Daryl Ditz, PhD
    Senior Policy Advisor
    Center for International Environmental Law

  • Safer Workplaces: Reducing Hazards in Healthcare
  • Working the Green Shift: Nurses Role in “Greening” Hospitals
    Denise Choiniere, MS, RN
    Sustainability Manager
    University of Maryland Medical Center

    Asthma: What’s that Smell?
    Karen Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S
    Karen Bowman & Associates, Inc.
    Environmental Health Specialist
    Washington State Nurses Association

2:30 – 3 Break
3 – 4 Breakout Session II
  • Environmental Health Nursing: Teaching/Learning Resources
  • Jeanne M. Leffers, PhD, RN
    Associate Professor
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Nursing

    Sandy Worthington, MSN, WHNP–BC, CNM
    Director of Medical Continuing Education and Special Projects
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.

  • In the Trenches: Challenges and Solutions in Environmental Health Nursing Research
    [Six invited roundtable discussions; participants will have an opportunity to attend two discussions.]
  • Overcoming Challenges in Behavioral Nursing Intervention Studies
    Focusing on Household Environmental Health 
    Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Dean and Professor
    Washington State University College of Nursing

    Wade G. Hill, PhD, PHCNS-BC
    Associate Professor
    Montana State University

    Journey Towards a PhD in Environmental Health Nursing: The Good, The Challenging, and The Solutions
    Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN
    Assistant Professor
    University of Maryland School of Nursing

    Using Web-based Strategies for Environmental Education Research
    Laura Anderko, PhD, RN
    Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care
    Georgetown University

    Trials and Successes of using a CBPR Approach in Developing Environmental Health Literacy
    Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN
    Associate Professor
    Ohio State University

    Recognizing and Overcoming Biomonitoring Challenges in Environmental Health Nursing Research
    Rebecca Shelley, MS, RN
    Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

    Community-Academic Environmental Health Partnerships with the American Indian Community: Challenges and Benefits
    Sandra W. Kuntz, PhD, PH, RN, CNS-BC
    Assistant Professor
    Montana State University

  • Advocacy in Action: Nurses Influencing Policy
  • CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network: An Introduction for Nurses
    Rosalyn Bell, MPA
    Public Health Advisor
    Environmental Health Tracking Branch
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Sister in Charge: The 411
    Constance H. Sumner, MSN, RN, OCN
    Nurse Nia Consultant, LLC

  • Greening the Workplace: Nurses Influencing Practice
  • Cross-Cutting Policies to Reduce Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging and Global Climate Change
    Teresa Roberts, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
    Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Creating a Culture for Chemical Policy Reform in Your Facility
    Thomas J. Lowe, MPH, RN, COHN-S
    Health and Safety Representative
    New York State Nurses Association

    Nurses and the Environment: Putting the RN in gReeN
    Maria Sanzo, MSN, RN, CPN
    Program Clinical Care Coordinator, Pediatric Rheumatology
    Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

4:15 – 5:15 Building an Environmental Health Nursing Movement: Flamingos to Geese
6 – 9 And Justice for All: Race, Place and the Environment

Special Event with Dinner and Music (included in conference fee)
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Day Two (June 8)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
8:45 – 9:45 Keynote
Lead Poisoning Prevention: Transition to Healthy Homes
9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Breakout Session III
  • Researching Environmental Health at the National Library of Medicine
  • Stephanie Publicker, MLS
    Technical Information Specialist
    Specialized Information Services
    National Library of Medicine

  • Funding Resources for Nursing Research: What We Have, What We Need
  • Exploring EPA Funding Opportunities for Nursing Research
    Elizabeth Blackburn, BSN, RN
    Science Communications Director
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Exploring NIEHS Funding Opportunities for Nursing Research
    Liam R. O’Fallon, MA (invited)
    Program Administrator
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    National Institutes of Health

    Exploring NINR Funding Opportunities for Nursing Research
    Karen Huss, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN, FAAAAI (invited)
    Program Director, Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Science, Training Coordinator
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    National Institutes of Health

  • Advocates in Action: The Power of Nursing
  • The Role of the Nurse as an Advocate
    Mary Jane Williams, PhD, RN
    Chair and Associate Professor
    University of Hartford

    Chemical Policy: The Environment and Public Health
    Kathleen A. Curtis, LPN
    Policy Director
    Clean New York

  • Nursing Assessment: Don’t Forget Environmental Influences
  • Perinatal Exposure Assessment and Anticipatory Guidance
    Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM
    Assistant Professor of Nurse Midwifery
    Dimensions OB/GYN Associates

    Hook, Line, and Sinker: Fish Consumption and MeHg Exposure
    Laura Anderko, PhD, RN
    Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care
    Georgetown University

11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session IV

  • Education
  • Using Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students in an Environmental Health Course
    Kelly Kuhns, MSN, RN
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Millersville University

    Incorporating the Ecological Footprint Assessment into Patient Care
    Theresa Pluth Yeo, PhD, MPH, MSN, CRNP
    Assistant Professor
    Thomas Jefferson University Schools of Nursing and Population Health

  • Research
  • Piloting a Technique to Develop Environmental Public Health Literacy in an Urban Community
    Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN
    Associate Professor
    Ohio State University

    Research Methods to Assess the Environment and Health: GIS and Multi-level Statistical Modeling
    Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP
    Assistant Professor
    College of Nursing and Health Professions and Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
    Drexel University

  • Policy/Advocacy
  • Climate Change: Air Quality and the Impact on Children’s Health
    Karen G. Duderstadt, PhD, RN, CPNP
    Clinical Professor
    University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing

    The Day Care is Where? Ensuring Child Care Centers are Safe from Environmental Hazards
    LCDR Tarah Somers, MSN, MPH, RN
    U.S. Public Health Service
    Regional Representative
    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Practice
  • Cleaning for Health
    Linda L. Mendonca, BSN, RN, MEd, NCSN
    Rhode Island Director
    National Association of School Nurses
    School Nurse-Teacher
    Joseph Jenks Junior High School, Pawtucket, RI

    Nurses Lead Partnerships for Healthier Indoor Air Quality in Schools
    Phyllis Powell Pelt, MS, RN
    Adjunct Clinical Instructor
    University of Illinois College of Nursing
    Health and Safety Chairperson and Director
    Healthy Schools Campaign
    Illinois Parent Teacher’s Association

    Building a School Nurse Referral System for Recruiting Families for an Asthma Home Visiting Program
    Pat McLaine, DrPH, MPH, RN
    Assistant Professor
    University of Maryland School of Nursing

12:30 – 2


Distinguished Lecture
Living Downstream

2 – 3


Plenary Session
Health Care Response to Climate Change: Where Do We Fit In?

John M. Balbus, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor for Public Health
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Climate Change and Human Health: Update on Federal Activities
John M. Balbus, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor for Public Health

3 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Our Environment in Crisis: An Opportunity for Nurses
Special Evening Workshop
5 – 9 Awakening the Dream Symposium and Dinner

Creating an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling future

Facilitated by Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN

The Awakening the Dream Initiative, is a worldwide initiative that has trained over 2,000 facilitators from around the world to deliver the symposium in their own communities. Facilitators are committed to building a better world by awakening those around them to new possibilities.

This facilitated workshop is created to help individuals navigate through the crisis in the world, particularly those issues affecting the environment and health, and find a path that allows the participant to both acknowledge the crisis and see the opportunities to help make positive changes. At a time when it can be easy to fall into despair, “Awakening the Dream” provides a chance to find one’s bearings, create a sense of community, and own a sense of peace and purpose.

This symposium is well-suited for the skills that nurses use in assessing and addressing problems and honors the profession’s rich tradition of addressing the whole – the whole person, the whole community, and the whole planet.

This is a FREE event, but requires separate registration. Space is limited.

Day Three (June 9, 2010)

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Post-Conference Workshops
  Session I
Building a Research Agenda for Environmental Health Nursing

Limited to the first 50 registrants
Registration Fee $35.00 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials)

We are in a new era regarding environmental health in the U.S. and, in fact, globally. The critical relationship between the environment and human health is creating a need for better prepared health professionals. The profession of nursing, which is the largest group of health professionals and located throughout the community (in health care facilities, homes, schools, workplaces), is well positioned to lead efforts to improve the health of populations through actions through preventative action. However, research evidence is needed to guide these actions and document improved outcomes in all areas of nursing practice.

The purpose of this workshop is to develop a nursing research agenda and promote the use of evidence in the area of environmental health for the profession of nursing. The specific aims are to 1) identify research questions and needs that can be satisfied by nurse researchers and formulate a research agenda, 2) develop a plan to support nurse researchers at the faculty level and students at the pre and post-doctoral level, 3) develop a plant to disseminate the research agenda broadly within the nursing research community, 4) consider ways in which existing federal funding, and federally-funded environmental health research centers can better support nursing research capacity, 5) make recommendations to federal funders on how they can support the prospective environmental health and nursing research agenda, and 6) consider ways to enhance the dissemination of research findings to practicing nurses in order to increase the translation to practice.

  Session II
Environmental Health Nurse Advocates in Washington

Limited to the first 36 registrants
Registration Fee $35.00 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch and bus transportation to and from Washington, DC)

Nurses are fierce defenders of their patients’ and communities’ health. They are also articulate spokespersons and a powerful force as individuals when working together. Nurses represent an emerging citizen group that is concerned about a range of environmental risks that are affecting human health. They are not just concerned; many times they are simply outraged by the lack of attention being paid to the grave environmental health threats that we are all facing. It is this concern and energy that this event seeks to capture and direct to create an exceptional voice for change in the environmental health arena. Participants of this event will attend a morning training session where they will learn about the legislative process, be briefed on two pending pieces of legislation, and role play a meeting with a legislator. They will then travel together to Washington, DC to share their position with policy makers.