Taking a Leadership Role as Health Care Goes Green!
Over the course of her career Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, increasingly came to see that the places where people work and live affect their health. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of The Environmental Health Education Center at the University of Maryland. The multi-disciplinary center focuses on community-based strategies to address environmental health issues. It is training nurses in issues such as Brownfields and Superfund sites, drinking water, lead and indoor air quality. The Center developed EnviRN, dedicated to providing nurses with accurate, timely and credible scientific information on environmental health. It has been described as a "virtual nursing village" where nurses can share strategies, tools, resources, and ideas in order to promote environmental health in their workplaces, homes, schools, and communities. Dr. Sattler has authored a report for the international harmonization process sponsored by the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization on the communication of hazards associated with chemical exposure. She is the principle investigator and co-investigator on several projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the EPA. http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/ce/conferences/