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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Claire Barnett

Mrs. Barnett is founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, a national not-for-profit environmental health research, education, and advocacy organization, founded in 1995, and the Coordinator of the national Coalition for Healthier Schools, co-convened by the Network’s board and national advisers to provide the platform and the forum for environmental health at school.  Since its founding, the Network has challenged the nation to ensure that schools are environmentally responsible to all children, to personnel, and to communities. The Network is widely recognized as the founder of the nation’s healthy schools movement, and the nation’s leading voice for children’s environmental health at school.  Barnett was one of one hundred women attending the first and the second White House Summits on Women and the Environment (2012, 2013), a keynote speaker for US EPA’s 2012 school indoor environments leadership summit, and has led congressional and several White House briefings. She is also active with the Environment Section of APHA and a frequent program panelist or moderator. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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