What is unique about the health professional advocate? How can health professionals effectively engage in environmental health advocacy?
mission is to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and
survival. The principles of public health prevention expressed in this mission
do not get implemented through one-on-one clinical medicine; they get
implemented instead through education and advocacy -- the act of speaking out
for a cause. PSR therefore works to motivate, inspire, and support health
professionals to educate their communities at the local, state, and national
level and to combine that education with science-based, health-focused advocacy.
are many forms of advocacy in support of environmental health. Advocacy
includes arranging for a Grand Rounds at your university; writing a letter to
the editor; serving on your city council; getting a resolution passed by your
professional association; working for a public health agency at the state
level; meeting with your Senator, and more.
has been lucky to work with many dedicated health professionals who have invested
enormous amounts of time and talent in speaking out on the issues that matter
to them. We are also always interested in bringing new health professionals
into this work as well. This month, instead of addressing a specific topic in
environmental health, the Environmental Health Policy Institute talks with some
of these seasoned health professional advocates about their advocacy: why and
how they do what they do.
hope that by learning about their paths to advocacy, as well as some of the
nuts and bolts of how you can do such work, you will be inspired to get
involved as well. We welcome you to advocate for health at any level, and are
eager to share with you the challenges and rewards of speaking out for our
The views expressed in these essays are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Nurses as Environmental Health Advocates: A Trusted Voice
Brenda Afzal, MS RN
“A Professional Responsibility”: Advocacy and the Healthcare Professional
Richard Clapp, DSc MPH
Be a Translator of the Science
Robert Gould, MD
More than the Patient in the Office
Alan Lockwood, MD
Special Expertise, Special Concern
Peter Orris, MD MPH
The World Would Change Tomorrow
Jeff Ritterman, MD
The Importance of the Personal
Gina Solomon, MD MPH
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