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Season 3 #4 Dr. Susan Zahner – A Champion for Public Health

Nurses for Healthy Environments
Nurses for Healthy Environments
Season 3 #4 Dr. Susan Zahner - A Champion for Public Health

Dr. Susan Zahner is committed to Public Health and to Nursing

Susan J. Zahner, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing, with an affiliate appointment with the School of Medicine and Public Health. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Zahner has over thirty years of professional experience in public health and nursing. She mentors graduate students and conducts research in local public health system performance, partnerships, and public health workforce education and practice. Dr. Zahner is Co-Director of the Wisconsin Public Health Research Network.





Beth Schenk, Podcast Host

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC, FAAN is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist and Sustainability Leader in Missoula, Montana, and assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts  across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals. In her second life, Dr. Schenk leads environmental stewardship at St. Patrick Hospital, across the Washington-Montana region of 12 hospitals, and works extensively with hospitals throughout the 50-hospital health system. Schenk 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. She led the development of the CHANT: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool. She developed the WE ACT PLEASE framework for environmental stewardship in nursing. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2018. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments