EP Environmental and Public Health

EP Environmental and Public Health

Expert Panel on Environmental & Public Health

The Expert Panel on Environmental & Public Health provides input on issues addressing environmental risks, environmental antecedents of disease, environmental stewardship and sustainable practices in health care, environmental health risk communication, and nursing interventions that prevent or minimize environmental exposures.

Inaugural Year: 2010

Lead Co-Chair:
Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Washington State University College of Nursing

Susan Zahner, DrPH, MPH, RN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Co-Chair Appointee: 
Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN
Assistant Vice president-Program
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Staff Liaison: Rachael James, RN

Board Liaison: Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN

Previous Chairs: Betty Bekemeier (2016-2017)

Frequency of Meetings:
Annually in person and by email

Citizens are increasingly concerned about environmental exposures and disease occurrence. They are asking questions about the role that environmental factors play in conditions such as asthma, reproductive disorders, and neurobehavioral conditions. They want to understand the extent to which our rapidly changing world is responsible for changes in disease frequency and severity. Over the past 20 years, the nursing profession has developed a robust body of knowledge addressing environmental health. Nurses on the Environmental Health Expert Panel are committed to serving as resource to the Academy and advancing health policy and research in this critical area of nursing and health.


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