Leadership/Advocacy Series: Creating The Future - Environment And Sustainability In Health Professional Education

Session Description 

Health professional education provides the opportunity to empower health practitioners of the future to build a practice based on knowledge and best practices in environmental stewardship and implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease. This session is targeted toward a nursing and clinical health professional audience. The presenters are experienced educators and clinicians who have lectured internationally and have significant experience promoting sustainability in health professional curriculum and clinical practice. The presenters have developed successful academic-practice partnerships aimed at building capacity of nurses and other health care clinicians in environment and sustainability. This session will describe opportunities to incorporate environmental health and sustainability into health professional curricula in order to promote a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. Curriculum integration points for environmental health and sustainability, as a foundation for a long-term commitment to sustainability practice and programming, will be provided. A successful model for environmentally sustainable clinical practice in a hospital setting and collaboration with academic partners will also be provided.

Learning Objectives 

  • Describe opportunities to incorporate environment and sustainability into nursing and other health-professional curricula.
  • Identify specific curriculum integration points for environment and sustainability.
  • List three ways that clinicians can incorporate environmental health into clinical practice in the hospital setting.
  • Discuss the Magee/CCAC academic-practice partnership and ways to utilize it as a model to build capacity in clinicians.

Presenters

Theresa L. Piekut, Professor of Nursing, The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Terri Piekut integrated green initiatives into an Associate Degree in Nursing program through a partnership with Magee Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. Terri will provide an overview of how this was successfully implemented to make a difference in how nurses practice in health care settings.

Stephanie Chalupka, Associate Dean for Nursing, Worcester State University

Dr. Stephanie M. Chalupka is Associate Dean for Nursing at Worcester State University. She was the recipient of the Charlotte Brody Award at CleanMed2012 in recognition of her work in promoting environmental health and sustainability in nursing education and healthcare.

Judith Focareta, MEd, RN, LCCE´╝î Coordinator, Environmental Health Initiatives´╝î Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Judith Focareta is the Coordinator of Environmental Health Initiatives at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She was the recipient of the Charlotte Brody Award at CleanMed 2014.

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Leadership/Advocacy Series: Creating The Future - Environment And Sustainability In Health Professional Education
60 Minutes Live event: 08/22/2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.