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Policy & Advocacy Forum

Policy-Advocacy

Welcome to the Policy & Advocacy Forum!

The Policy & Advocacy Forum meets to discuss current policy issues and the critical role that nurses can play in advocating to protect public health and the environment at all levels of government. The Forum’s rich discussions lead to actions that elevate the voice of nursing on some of the most pressing issues of our time including climate change, environmental impacts, and toxic chemical pollution. Nurses are the most trusted profession and we must use our collective voice to advocate for health protective laws and regulations. The Policy & Advocacy Forum will help you to get involved in doing just that! The Forum meets on a monthly basis. 

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For more information about the ANHE Policy & Advocacy Forum, please contact info@envirn.org.

Policy-Advocacy Forum Co-Chairs

Kathy Curtis

Kathy Curtis

Kathleen Curtis, LPN, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York (CNHY), has 30 years of experience in the environmental health movement and is a widely recognized national leader whose policy expertise is in high demand. She is CHNY’s chief lobbyist and organizer, responsible for relationship with allies and policymakers. Her leadership has guided enactment of several local, state and federal policies regulating toxic chemicals. She co-coordinates the JustGreen Partnership and the Policy and Advocacy Forum of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She was Senior Development Consultant at Healthy Building Network, co-leader of the Coming Clean Collaborative’s Policy Workgroup, and Executive Director at Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, where she was an author of Building Green without Going in the Red. Previously, she was Outreach Director at Environmental Planning Lobby (now Environmental Advocates of NY) and worked as a nurse.

Kathy is the recipient of Health Care Without Harm’s 2015 Charlotte Brody Award and a 2018 Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award from the NYS Children’s Environmental Health Centers. She is an author of numerous CHNY reports, including Is It In Us? Toxic Trespass, Regulatory Failure, and Opportunities for Action. She is on the steering committees of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, SAFERStates, and Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Kathy also serves on ANHE’s Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of the Occupational and Environmental Health Clinic of Eastern NY, Rotterdam Steering Committee, and Rotterdam Conservation Advisory Council.

Anne Hulick

Anne Hulick

Anne, RN, MS, JD is the Connecticut Director of Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund and focuses on passing health protective policies aimed at mitigating climate change by promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy, protecting our waters and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. Anne started her career as a critical care nurse and then as nursing director. She holds a BSN from the University of Hartford and a MS in administration from UCONN. Recognizing that the healthcare system focused on treatment rather than prevention and the links between human impact on the environment and health, Anne pursued a juris doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in order to combine nursing, health policy and the law. She was admitted to the CT Bar in October 2007. Prior to joining Clean Water Action, she served as the environmental health coordinator for the CT Nurses’ Association and was an environmental analyst at CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.