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Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN

Washington, District of Columbia
Speaker Topic: Clean Air, Climate Change, Toxics
PSR Affiliation: Former Director of Environment & Health Program

Dr. Welker-Hood is a nurse and environmental health scientist. Her most recent position was Director of the Environment and Health Program at Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington DC. She previously served as Senior Policy Fellow in the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health of the American Nurses Association.   She holds a BS in Nursing from the State University of New York in Binghamton NY, an MS in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD and received her Doctorate in Environmental Health Science from Boston University School of Public Health, Boston MA in 2005.

Awards received by Dr. Welker-Hood include: Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society membership and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Academic Merit Scholarship in both 1997 and 1998. In 2005 she was awarded a 2005 University of Texas Medical Branch President’s Cabinet Award for programs benefiting the Galveston, Texas community.

Dr. Welker-Hood’s environmental research has focused on indoor air pollution. She has recently completed work validating an environmental assessment survey instrument for HUD-funded U.S. public housing. At the ANA her work focused on nursing exposures to hazardous chemicals in the acute care setting.  Her public health nursing experience includes program evaluation, done for the National Center for Lead Safe Housing, of state and city-directed clinical case management programs for lead-poisoned children.  She also served as the Community Health Nurse Researcher working with investigators from Harvard, Boston and Tufts Universities on the Healthy Public Housing Initiative which explored the relationship between indoor air pollution and childhood asthma.

Her present policy interests include global warming and regulatory reform of environmental chemicals management. Her recent publications include Global Climate Change and the Nurses Role in American Nurses Today and Regulatory, Institutional and Market-Based Approaches Towards Achieving Comprehensive Chemical Policy Reform in Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

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