FEBRUARY 9, 2017 – A faculty member at the School of Nursing & Health Studies will begin service as a board of directors member for the organization Health Care Without Harm.
Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care, says she is excited for the new voluntary role.
“I am delighted to serve as a board member for [the organization] as it continues to expand its work globally and offer positive solutions that both protect the environment and result in cost savings for health care institutions,” she says. “It has been a leader in the movement for environmental health and justice worldwide.”
‘Transform Health Care’
The organization, according to its Web site, “. . . works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.”
Its initiatives focus on, for example, waste and toxic materials, the impact of climate on health, environmentally friendly approaches to construction and energy sources, and chemical usage, nutrition, and water.
Anderko previously won the organization’s Charlotte Brody Award, which “. . . honors the leadership, commitment, and vision of nurses who are creating a healthier world and inspiring others to do the same.”
She was also recognized with the White House Champion of Change Award for her work on climate change and public health in the same year as Gary Cohen, HCWH founder and president. The organization co-nominated Anderko for the honor.
Promoting Health Equity
Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, says Anderko’s body of work supports the school’s aim to promote health equity.
“Laura’s expertise in environmental health and justice provides a significant contribution to our collective work to address health equity,” Cloonan said. “I congratulate her on this new role.”
Anderko, also a professor of health systems administration, directs the CDC-funded Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, housed at NHS.