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Ep. 6 Champion of Environmental Health (w/ Laura Anderko)

Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Ep. 6 Champion of Environmental Health (w/ Laura Anderko)

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, has been a champion of environmental health and of nurses for many years, as well as a White House Champion of Change for her work on Climate Change and Public Health. Listen to Laura discuss her work and interests.

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN
Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care
Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment

Laura Anderko, RN, PhD, serves as the Director and Principal Investigator for the Mid-Atlantic Center. Dr. Anderko is a registered nurse with a PhD in public health, and over 30 years experience in the area of children’s health. She has published widely in the field of environment health. Dr. Anderko was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in climate change and public health.

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.