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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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Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN RN

Dr. Welker-Hood is a nurse and environmental health scientist. She is 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.


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