Courtesy Alliance of Nurses for Healthy EnvironmentsEESI recently sat down with Katie Huffling, the Director of Programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), to discuss ANHE’s mission, its work on hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) and the role that health care providers play in advocating for healthy environments.
EESI: Can you tell us about the history of Nurses for Healthy Environments?
Environmental quality is directly linked to human health. Environmental issues such as climate change, chemical exposure, air pollution, and food safety have the potential to negatively impact community health. Nurses are our boots on the ground, directly interacting with patient populations and they are very concerned about the health of their patients.