Environmental Health and Nursing Conference San Diego

2nd Annual Environment, Health, and Nursing: Children and Families


  • Children’s Environmental Health
  • Microplastics
  • Breast Cancer
  • Water and Air Pollution
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Women’s Reproductive Health
  • Extreme Weather

Location: Liberty Station Conference Center

2600 Laning Road San Diego, CA

Free Parking Available 

Date & Time: April 22nd, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: $35

Coffee and Lunch included 

CE Hours Available: 6 



Join us in San Diego for our Second Annual Environment, Health, and Nursing Earth Day conference on April 22nd, with a special focus on children’s and women’s health. This pivotal event brings together some of the most influential voices in healthcare and environmental advocacy, offering insights into the critical role health professionals play in addressing environmental health and justice.

Why Attend?


Networking: Connect with professionals who share your passion for environmental justice and health.

Education: Update your knowledge with the latest research and strategies for implementing environmental health into practice.

Actionable Insights: Take away practical tools and frameworks to make a real impact in your community and workplace.


Meet Our Speakers

Barbara Sattler

Barbara Sattler


Dr. Sattler is a professor at the University of San Francisco and an international leader in environmental health and nursing. She is a founding and active member of both California Nurses for Environmental Health & Justice, as well as the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. While at the University of Maryland, she directed the Maryland hospitals for Healthy Environments, a 10-year statewide initiative that helped hospitals develop sustainable policies and practice to achieve the triple bottom line of employee health, patient health, and ecological health. She also helped to bring local, sustainable, and healthy foods to Maryland’s hospitals, supported by grants from the US Department of Agriculture. 

Dr. Sattler has worked in communities facing environmental health risks associated with lead-based paint, pesticides, superfund sites, and risks associated with gas and oil extraction, including fracking. 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. Dr. Sattler has been the recipient of NIEHS, HUD, and EPA grants, as well as a host of private foundations. She is also an author of Environmental Health and Nursing Practice and a host of peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Sattler is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and DrPH from the John Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Martha Fuller
Martha Fuller


Martha Grant Fuller, PhD, PPCNP-BC, is an Associate Professor of Nursing at USD teaching in the Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. She is the lead faculty for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track at USD. She is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner with over 30 years of experience in nursing.

Dr. Fuller completed her PhD in nursing at the University of San Diego completing her dissertation on neurodevelopmental follow-up of premature infants. She received her MSN and pediatric nurse practitioner at Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Syracuse University.

Dr. Fuller has practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner since 1983, providing general pediatric care in a variety of settings then moving to neurodevelopmental follow-up of neonatal intensive care unit graduates in 1999. Prior to coming to USD, she worked as the coordinator of the High-Risk Infant Follow-up Program at UC San Diego Health, providing direct patient care, program management, and participating in multiple research projects.

As a member of a multidisciplinary team addressing water quality and public health in Uganda, Dr. Fuller takes nurse practitioner students to Uganda for a global health experience.

Dr. Fuller is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and is involved in other professional organizations supporting nursing research and pediatric health care.

Her research interests include health disparities, especially for the Latino community and the integration of the social determinants of health into patient centered care. Her dissertation research focuses on ED utilization by infants and how mothers make decisions regarding care when their infant has a healthcare issue.

Bruce Bekkar
Bruce Bekkar


Bruce Bekkar, M.D.is a women’s health physician and international keynote speaker engaged with the climate crisis since 2007. He Chairs the Public Health Advisory Council in San Diego and is a member of ecoAmerica’s Leadership Circle. Bruce has spoken to audiences ranging from the American Meteorological Society to Genentech, England’s Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and members of the California State Senate and the US House of Representatives. He is the lead author of the first large-scale review of birth impacts and climate change in the US, published in JAMA in June 2020.

Rosana Aguilera Becker
Rosana Aguilera Becker

Ph. D.

David Cummings
David Cummings


Dr. David Cummings is a microbiologist with experience in microbial ecology, microbial physiology, and microbial genomics. In addition to microbiology courses, he teaches Introductory Cell Biology and Biochemistry as well as Neotropical Ecology, which wraps up with a two-week excursion to the rain and cloud forests of Costa Rica. His research is focused on the ways bacteria can share genetic information, especially information that makes them less susceptible to antibiotics and better suited to cause disease.

Paloma Aguirre
Paloma Aguirre


Paloma Aguirre serves as Mayor at-large for the City of Imperial Beach.

Paloma Aguirre is a first-generation Mexican American. She was born in San Francisco, CA and lived there until she was eight years old. Her family then moved to Mexico where she spent the rest of her formative years.

‍In 2001, she moved back to the U.S. in pursuit of a college degree and competitive bodyboarding. Upon arrival, she first surfed Imperial Beach and immediately fell in love with its people and its waves. Mayor Aguirre went on to compete in bodyboarding competitions, both locally and regionally. On occasion, she found herself competing in the men’s category where she is known to have won a trophy or two.

‍After putting herself through college, she graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a B.A. in Psychology. She later earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Brandman University and obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2015.

‍Early in her career, Mayor Aguirre worked as a social-justice community organizer in South San Diego, helping low-income families address immigration, foreclosure, and predatory lending issues. Later, she joined WILDCOAST, a formerly Imperial Beach-based coastal and marine conservation non-profit where she worked for over 10 years. Aguirre’s primary focus was fighting cross-border pollution of the Tijuana River Valley that directly impacts the coastal region of the San Diego-Tijuana border region, including Imperial Beach. Her bilingual and bicultural lived experience allows her to be a leading advocate in the fight against sewage pollution.

‍In 2014, Aguirre was named Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership in environmental conservation and for her work restoring the Tijuana River Valley.  In 2016, she was selected for the prestigious NOAA Sea Grant Knauss fellowship in Washington D.C. where she worked for U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Aguirre assisted him in drafting and passing bills to reduce trash in our oceans and improve math and science skills in minorities. In 2018, she was elected as the City’s first Latina Councilmember for the City of Imperial Beach.

Mayor Aguirre represents the City of Imperial Beach on the San Diego Community Power Board of Directors, and as alternate on the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board. She also serves as Speaker Anthony Rendon’s San Diego Coast appointee on the California Coastal Commission, and as Governor Newsom’s appointee to the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, an independent federal advisory committee, which advises the President and Congress of the United States on good neighbor practices along the U.S. border with Mexico.

‍In her spare time, Mayor Aguirre enjoys bodyboarding and spending time with her husband and two dogs Dante and Dasha.

Paula Stigler Granados
Paula Stigler Granados

Ph.D., M.S.

Dr. Paula Stigler Granados is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health – Division Head for Environmental Health. Her main areas of interest include Chagas disease, water quality, global health, public health policy, environmental health and neglected tropical diseases. She received her MS degree in Environmental Health Sciences at San Diego State University and her PhD in Global Health in the joint doctoral program with the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Dr. Granados has expertise in environmental exposure risks, socio-economic determinants of health, geo-spatial analysis of environmental hazards, climate change and community based participatory research. She has worked throughout Latin America and the United States with indigenous and rural populations on a multitude of projects addressing public health. Dr. Granados has several on-going research projects, including a Center for Disease Control and Prevention funded award to raise awareness among healthcare providers in the U.S. about Chagas disease. She is also utilizing the ECHO model of tele-mentoring to provide learning opportunities for physicians regarding Chagas disease. Dr. Granados also leads a Department of Defense Global Health Initiative grant to conduct surveillance of Chagas disease in military communities along the U.S. Mexico border region. She is an advocate for community-led projects and has a deep commitment to multi-disciplinary collaborations to solve important public health issues.

Vi Nguyễn
Vi Nguyễn


Vi Thuy Nguyen, MD, FAAP is a Fellow of Environmental Health as part of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves as Co-Chair of San Diego’s AAP Climate Change and Health Committee, Chair of AAP California State Government Affairs Expert Committee on Environmental Health and Climate Change. She is Co-Founder of San Diego Pediatricians for Clean Air, a loose coalition of concerned pediatricians who advocate for pediatric asthmatic patients. She also now serves as Co-Chair of the Public Health Advisory Council for Climate Actions Campaign in San Diego. She originally earned her MD at Harvard Medical School and trained in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She completed her 5-year-term as Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente San Diego. In her professional life, she managed over 90 outpatient general pediatricians with special oversight on the South County. She was responsible for Pediatric Quality measures with special emphasis on pediatric asthma health and vaccine measures. After a numerically successful but personally grueling time in middle management and experiencing burn-out, Vi has pivoted her extra-curricular physician time to being an advocate for physician wellness and joy and climate work. She is a proud trained Climate Reality Leader and Co-Lead of Kaiser San Diego’s Sustainability/Green Team and Pediatric Asthma Team. She actively blogs and Instagrams as an alternate eco-avatar plogger (jogger and beach cleaner) in the Pacific Beach area. She is currently laser focused on decarbonization and building electrification.  She was able to successful orchestrate H3SD San Diego’s Heat and Human Health Summit. 

Day 1 Schedule

March 8th, 2024

8:00 am
9:00 am


with Dean Dr. Michelle Riingen [DNP, RN, CNS-BC], and Jean King [DNP, RN, CNS]

9:15 am
Disaster Preparedness & Children

with Vi Nguyễn, MD

10:00 am
Pregnancy Risks

Dr. Bruce Bekkar, MD

10:30 am
10:45 AM
Environmental Assessment for Children & Families

Dr. Barb Sattler, USF/EHN

12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Tijuana Estuary  

Paula Stigler Granados

1:45 PM
A Dialogue with Imperial Beach Mayor


Mayor Paloma Aguirre

2:00 PM
Wildfire & Respiratory Illness


Dr. Rosara Aguilara Becker, PhD

2:45 PM
3:00 PM
Antibiotics Resistence & Watershed Issues

Dr. Dave Cummings PhD

3:45 PM

Dr. Martha Fuller

4:15 PM
Group Discussion
4:30 PM
5:00 PM

Where It’s At

Liberty Station Conference Center

2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA

Get in Touch

Please feel free to reach out with any questions 


Thanks to our sponsors for making this event FREE to attend

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