EP Environmental and Public Health

Expert Panel on Environmental & Public Health

The Expert Panel on Environmental & Public Health provides guidance in support of policy, systems, and environmental actions to prevent or minimize threats to the public’s health related to environmental and social determinants of health. The Expert Panel inspires nurses to address health care and public health policies, practices, and infrastructure that strengthen environmental stewardship and promote health equity for all.

Inaugural Year: 2010

Chair:
Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN

President and Chief Executive Officer
Public Health Accreditation Board

Vice Chair:
Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clinical Professor, Director of Inclusivity and Diversity
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Co-Chair Appointee: 
Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
Kansas University Medical Center College of Nursing

Board Liaison: Mary Magee Gullatte

Staff Liaison:
 Sonya Desai

Previous Chairs: Susan Zahner (2018-2019), Betty Bekemeier (2016-2017), Patricia Butterfield (2017-2018)

Summary:
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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