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Food and Agriculture Committee

Welcome to the Food & Agriculture Committee!

Food and Agriculture Committee

The Food & Agriculture Committee is broadly focused on the relationship between how we grow/raise our food and equitably distribute healthy and safe food to all people. Sustainable farming, farmworker health and safety, pesticide use, and food insecurity are included in the committee’s wide range of interests, as is amplifying the use of Food As Medicine in practice to reduce the burden of diet-related chronic disease in the population.

The Food and Agriculture Committee meets on a monthly basis for either webinars or general meetings. Sign up for our committee listserve so you can stay up to date with our activities: Sign up and learn more below!

For more information about the Food and Agriculture committee, please contact Barbara Sattler.

Resources for Nurses

Webinars and CE Programs 

We have discovered that there are a number of nurse-farmers out there and are enjoying getting to discuss how our food system from farm-to-fork is riddled with occupational and environmental health risks and food access inequities. Over the past year the committee has produced the Green Bag Lunch – Green Tea Webinar Series, exploring a variety of food and agriculture topics. Each webinar is available with free CE. Check out the webinars here or on ANHE’s YouTube channel

Farmworkers’ Health

ANHE is collaborating with 9 chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in California to deliver an upcoming webinar series on Farmworkers’ Health. Stay tuned for details.

Plant-based Diets

ANHE is an active member of 50by40, an international campaign whose mission it is to decrease meat consumption by 50% by 2040. The Food & Agriculture committee is in the process of developing a factsheet on the health science of plant-based diets. 

Featured Webinar

Plant-Rich Diets: Good for Humans, Good for the Planet

Speakers: Lasse Bruun, Global Director, 50 x and Audrey Sanchez, Founder, Executive Director,

Food & Agriculture Forum Co-Chairs

Barbara Sattler

Dr. Sattler is a Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) and an international leader in environmental health and nursing. She is a founding and active member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.   

At USF, she teaches environmental health in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Public Health Programs.  Prior to her position at USF, Dr. Sattler was at the University of Maryland for 25 years where she directed the Environmental Health Education Center in the School of Nursing.   Over the years, Dr. Sattler has lead projects on lead poisoning prevention, greening hospitals, sustainable agriculture, climate change, children’s environmental health, and faculty development programs in environmental health.

She has been an advisor to the US EPA’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health.  Dr. Sattler has been the PI on a host of grants from NIEHS, HUD, and the EPA.   She helped to found Health Care Without Harm, a national organization focused on greening the health care sector.   She is the author of Environmental Health and Nursing, and many peer-reviewed articles.    Dr. Sattler is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Tia Wackerhagen, RN, BSN

After careers as a financial planner and then a transition to director of development for nonprofit organizations, in 2016 Tia Wackerhagen returned to school to pursue her passion in healthcare. After graduating summa cum laude from Queens University Presbyterian School of Nursing in Charlotte North Carolina, Tia is now a registered nurse for Roof Above serving individuals who have recently come out of chronic homelessness. Tia is passionate about equality not only in health care, but in food systems. To further strengthen this passion, Tia is pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice in family nurse practitioner specialty at East Carolina University. Tia has a loving family in which she enjoys spending time camping, hiking and kayaking with. She also enjoys raising her backyard chickens and trying year after year for a successful home veggie garden but never quite meeting that goal.