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Environmental Health Risks in Our Everyday Lives

Join us for a discussion with distinguished guest Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco and an international leader in environmental health and nursing. She has been an advisor to the US EPA's Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health. She is a founding member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She is also a founding member of Health Care Without Harm, an international organization focused on sustainability and climate resilience in the global health care sector.

Previously, Dr. Sattler was at the University of Maryland School of Nursing for over 20 years where she directed the Environmental Health Education Center. As the Director, she was PI on NIEHS, EPA, HUD, and USDA funded grants. The Center's efforts included several programmatic themes, including environmental justice; community-based action research; greening health care, which included bringing healthy and sustainably grown foods to hospitals throughout the state; and working with communities that were challenged by lead based paint, hazardous waste sites, and air pollution. Her Center designed the first Master's Degree in Environmental Health Nursing in the country.

Through her role with the California Nurses for Environmental Health and Justice, she has been engaged in educating and involving nurses regarding climate change, including extreme heat, storms, flooding, and fire-related human health risks. Sattler has been involved in disaster response in her local community, as well as national response, through the Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Sattler is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.