CHE Fertility call: Finding Your Voice: Advocacy for Healthcare Professionals
May 26, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm Eastern/10:00 am Pacific
A discussion of strategies for health care professionals
advocating for changes in policy that will protect patients from
environmental risks. Dr. Ted Schettler will describe the unique role
that healthcare professionals play in advocacy, and the best use of
existing scientific evidence. Dr. Maye Thompson will present effective
approaches for working with advocacy groups and professional
organizations. Brenda Afzal will look at advocacy in practice, examining
barriers to progress and presenting success stories of clinicians in
action. Resources for pursuing opportunities for advocacy will be
discussed throughout the call.
Featured speakers will include:
Ted Schettler, MD, MPH.
Dr. Schettler is Science Director of the Science and Environmental
Health Network and of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.
He is the science advisor to the Health Care Without Harm campaign and
co-author of "Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the
Environment", "In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development" and
"Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging". He has published a number of
articles on related topics in peer-reviewed journals and has served on
advisory committees of the US EPA and National Academy of Sciences.
Maye Thompson, RN, PhD.
Dr. Thompson is the Environmental Health Program Director at Oregon
Physicians for Social Responsibility. Her PhD is in nursing, with a
focus on women's health and policy. She has been an environmental health
advocate for 12 years, first as a volunteer, then with PSR. Her
interest in Environmental Health was piqued early in her nursing career,
working with farm workers in California's Central Valley.
Brenda Afzal, MS, RN.
Ms. Afzal is the U. S. Climate Policy Coordinator for Health Care
Without Harm and an environmental health nurse consultant engaged
with initiatives on the local, state and federal level. Most recently,
she has led an initiative to develop a national environmental health
nursing alliance, known as the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy
Environments. Ms. Afzal’s extensive advocacy training includes the
League of Conservation Voter’s Leadership (LCV) Environmental Leadership
Institute training, LCV’s 2002 National Advocacy Academy, and a year
long fellowship in Maryland Non-Profit Advocacy Leadership Training. She
has effectively employed her environmental health expertise on national
advisory committees to the National Safe Drinking Water Advisory
Council to the U.S. EPA, the Children’s Environmental Advisory Council
and the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures
Policies and Practices Work Group.
The call will be
moderated by Karin Russ, CHE Fertility Working Group National
Coordinator. The call will last one hour and will be recorded for
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