Online Program

Health in All Policies: Advancing Clean Air, Climate and Health

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Mount Rainier, MD
Chris Anderko, BA, Big Shoulders, Seattle, WA
Health in all policies is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy arenas. Outcomes are intended to: a) Promote health, equity, and sustainability, b) support inter-sectoral collaboration, c) benefit multiple partners, d) engage stakeholders, and e) create structural or procedural change. As the climate changes, nurses have been on the frontlines seeing the health impacts of extreme weather, increased allergens and asthma rates, increasing vector ranges, and the resultant strain on our healthcare infrastructure. There are over 3 million nurses in the US, working in a variety of settings including communities, schools, workplaces, and health care facilities with the capacity to reach a large number of people and partners in efforts to advocate for clean energy and clean air policies that would reduce impacts of climate change. However, most nurses are not informed about climate change, its health impacts, and how to advocate for healthier policies. The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) developed a series of web-based media modules and companion workbook to create a campaign for advocacy designed for public health nurses who are interested in learning about the science of climate change, public health impacts, and how they can effectively advocate for the Clean Air Act and clean energy policies. Findings from the web-based media module series and how it addressed health in all policies will be shared with participants.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe how the Clean Air Act has positively impacted public health. List three steps to presenting an effective advocacy message.

Keyword(s): Climate and Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was PI on this award and designed the media module series with Big Shoulders, as well as the accompanying workbook. I have worked in the area of climate and health for years, receiving the White House Champion of Change award for Climate and Public Health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.