Nurses Committed To Healthy People and A Healthy Planet
The California Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
The California Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is an organization of individual nurses and state-level nursing organizations that recognize the enormous impact that we are having on the environment and how our compromised environment is, in turn, impacting human and ecological health. Equally importantly, we are acting on this knowledge by bringing our many nursing roles into play as we integrate our concerns about environmental health into nursing education, practice, research and into local and state advocacy efforts
Our range of concerns include climate change, air and water pollution, health issues associated with food and agriculture, toxic chemicals in our everyday lives, and sustainable health care. Lastly, we aim to educate nurses about the practice implications of critical environmental health issues such as fires, smoke, and extreme heat events.
The California Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is the first state chapter of the national Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Our overriding mission is to integrate environmental health into:
Nursing education through curriculum integration and continuing education
Nursing practice through clinical assessments and interventions regarding environmental health risks to individuals and communities
The CA-ANHE Leadership Council is made up of nurses from around the state who meet bi-weekly to help coordinate nurses’ environmental health engagement in California.
One in every one hundred Americans is a Registered Nurses. If we can harness our own power, we can help make the immense changes that we need right now to move humanity to a safer, healthier and more equitable place. We have work to do.