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Ep. 1 How ANHE Got it’s Start (w/ Katie Huffling)

Nurses for Healthy Environments
Nurses for Healthy Environments
Ep. 1 How ANHE Got it's Start (w/ Katie Huffling)

Join us for our inaugural episode, where I speak with ANHE executive director Katie Huffling.

Besides her work with ANHE she’s also a nurse-midwife. We’ll discuss how she became so passionate about environmental health, the birth of ANHE, and how nurses can make a difference in their practices and with their patients and communities.

Thanks for joining us and I look forward to being with you every week as I speak with nurse leaders and explore their inspirations and ideas for how we can make this world healthier for everyone.


About your host, Beth Schenk

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist and Sustainability Coordinator at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. In addition, she is assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane. Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts at St. Pat’s, and also across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals.

In addition, Dr. Schenk leads efforts for environmental stewardship at St. Patrick, and has worked with ministries across the system to reduce environmental impacts for the past 10 years.  She co-leads ACES (Action Collaborative for Environmental Stewardship) across Providence St. Joseph. In her academic work, she developed the “Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool” which has been used in multiple states and several countries to assess awareness of the environmental impacts of hospital-based healthcare. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and several local boards.

In her free time, she loves her family, pets, garden, hockey, aikido and music.