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Season 4 #9 Climate Justice 3 Dr. and Sr. Jackline Mayaka – Supporting Climate Health in Kenya

Nurses for Healthy Environments
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Season 4 #9 Climate Justice 3 Dr. and Sr. Jackline Mayaka - Supporting Climate Health in Kenya

Dr. Jackline Mayaka, Sister, Educator and leader in western Kenya

   My name is Sr Jackline Mayaka, a Franciscan sister of St Joseph. I’m a Kenyan by birth and a first born in a family of eight. I hold bachelors, Masters and doctor of philosophy in Nursing degrees from Villanova University. I have 20-year experience in health care, 13 years working experience in Kenya and 7 years as a student in the USA. Currently I work as a Director of nursing services at Christamarriane Mission Hospital-Kisii in Western Kenya. My main work is overseeing the clinical and nursing patient care within the facility. I’m also engaged in continuous medical training of our staff as well as providing professional advice to the hospital governing body within the facility in terms of patient care and nursing staffing. In the past, I have been engaged mostly in maternal- child- health, carrying out administrative duties in primary care facilities in rural communities in Western Kenya. I also had a privilege to serve the HIV/AIDs clients sponsored by CRS and Kenya AIDs response program KARP. As a religious nun, I worked in the Catholic diocese of Homabay as a medical coordinator alongside other duties. Therefore, all these experiences have made a self-driven individual with passion to promote the nursing science especially in a low income country like Kenya.

Dr. Robin Evans-Agnew , host of the inaugural episode of the Climate Justice Series

Dr. Evans-Agnew (He, Him, His) is an associate professor in the vibrant University of Washington Tacoma’s School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. He is co-leading ANHE’s Climate Justice in Nursing Steering Committee, and is the first host of the Climate Justice Series of the podcast. Our working definition of Climate Justice is:

“Climate justice nursing addresses the social, racial, economic, environmental, and multispecies justice issues of the climate crisis through centering the experiences and knowledges of frontline communities and safeguarding the rights of Nature to achieve planetary health.”

The Nurse Actions for Climate Justice Podcasts showcase actions nurses are taking around the globe to address and advance climate justice for people and our planet.The podcasts will form part of an anticipated virtual exhibit for the 2021 Congress of Parties meeting on Climate Change (November, Glasgow UK). In the interviews we discuss the interviewees opinions and attitudes towards addressing climate justice, and describe the actions or projects the interviewee is involved in. We summarize with suggestions for next steps and ways other nurses can get involved in similar actions in their own countries. Interviews are conducted in English, with Spanish language interpretation available (kindly provided by ANHE Latinoamérica members).


Beth Schenk

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN is a healthcare sustainability leader in Missoula, Montana.  She has been working to reduce pollution from healthcare for over 3 decades. Schenk developed the “Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool”. She led the development of the CHANT: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool. She developed the WE ACT PLEASE framework for environmental stewardship. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and on the boards of Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and Climate Smart Missoula. She has hosted the podcast for 4 seasons, and loves speaking with nurses around the world to highlight and celebrate their work at the intersection of health and environment.