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ANHE Fellowship Mentor, Nancy Chaney, Awarded Honorary Diplomate Status by the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society

Nancy Chaney, ANHE mentor for nurse fellows in EPA Region 10 (2019-20), was awarded honorary diplomate status by the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) for her years of work to improve the lives of people and animals through science-based principles of One Health. The awards ceremony was planned as part of the annual conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association in San Diego, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, awards were presented in a virtual ceremony on August 3.

In addition to her credential as a registered nurse, Nancy holds a master’s degree in environmental
science, and is co-owner/operator of a veterinary specialty business with her veterinarian spouse. She has served on the international One Health Advisory Board for a decade, and participates in ANHE Work Groups on climate and planetary health. A former elected official, Nancy is keenly aware of policies that influence human, animal, and environmental health, and is a vocal advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration among experts in related disciplines.

“My work with ANHE is a perfect fit,” she said. “Nurses today are increasingly outspoken about the adverse effects of pollutants, climate change, and environmental injustice on human health. I feel more hopeful being surrounded by the positive energy within this organization.”


Nancy Chaney, MS, RN served as a mentor for the ANHE Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship 2019-2020 cohort. She has a diverse nursing background that includes hospital, clinical, and private duty services. She holds an MS in environmental science and served two terms as mayor of Moscow, Idaho.  During her tenure as mayor, she also served in associated state, national, and international leadership roles. Nancy currently volunteers for various organizations, including the One Health Advisory Board, which links human, animal, and environmental health. She lives in North Idaho, where she and her husband own a veterinary specialty business.