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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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Karin Gunther Russ, MS RN

Karin is dedicated to optimizing the health of children by preventing exposures to environmental hazards for families of reproductive age. As Coordinator of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, Karin works with researchers, health professionals, advocates and those experiencing challenges to fertility. Her mission is to disseminate the latest research on reproductive environmental health, provide resources for clinicians and researchers, and facilitate collaboration between experts in the field.

Karin is also a faculty member in the Community and Public Health department at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. To support nurses as leaders in environmental health issues, Karin serves as co-chair of the Maryland Nurses Association’s Environmental Health Committee. She also serves on the Environmental Section of the American Public Health Association, the University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment’s “From Advancing Science to Ensuring Prevention” (FASTEP) advisory council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Action Plan on Infertility committee, and is a member of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Public Interest Partners, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.

Karin has been a registered nurse for years, working in a variety of settings such as labor and delivery, women’s health, epidemiology, vaccine development and clinical research management. She holds a Masters degree in Nursing Management, and post-masters specialty certificates in Teaching in Nursing and Environmental Health Nursing from the University of Maryland.


Expectant Parents and the Safe Chemicals Act, January 5, 2012
Birth Outcomes after Maternal Exposures to Particulate Matter, August 22, 2012