Nurses are uniquely positioned to improve population health by using their training, knowledge, and theories to educate people on the important connection between person and place.
Among the Spring 2020 Planetary Health Scholars is Jessica LeClair, a DNP student and clinical faculty member at the School of Nursing, with her advisor, Prof. Susan Zahner. The Planetary Health Graduate Scholarship program explores how humans are changing the planet and the health consequences of those choices.
The healthcare industry, like all industries, has an ecological footprint. That footprint affects the environment, which, in turn, affects health for individuals, families and communities. Increasingly, providers are evaluating the way their health systems function so that their practices do not undermine the care they deliver.