We are very excited to have an ongoing area on our Web site for environmental health in our state. We encourage each of you to submit news, information and links for possible inclusion in the Greener Idaho section. We would like to see participation from all areas of the state, work places - hospitals, schools, clinics, rural and urban areas, education, research and practice. For information on how to submit, please review and follow the Greener Idaho Submissions Guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ingrid Brudenell, Greener Idaho Editor, at email@example.com.
Topics of Interest
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Offers Free GreenRN iPhone App - the GreenRN app provides tips for nurses three times a week to educate and inspire you about environmental health. It also offers ways to positively affect your patients and yourself. With our app, nurses will receive quick snippets of useful environmental health information such as ways to green your nursing practice, environmental chemicals of concern and how they impact human health, and ways to reduce exposures.It also provides more in-depth information based on the tip of the day for nurses that want to delve deeper into the topic as well as links to vetted web resources. Tips and resources can be accessed anytime once they have been published and tips can be saved in your favorites folder for easy access. You can download GreenRN here. Please share with your nursing colleagues and students. We hope it will become your go-to source for environmental health information on the go!
Greener Idaho Update - presented by Ingrid Brudenell at the 2011 INA Conference, "Promoting a Healthy Idaho".
The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, which includes several nursing groups, is concerned about toxic chemicals in our homes, our work places and in products we use every day. The coalition is encouraging Congress to update the ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act passed in 1976. The Idaho Nurses Association supports the coalition’s call for three principal changes to existing law: immediate action to better control the most dangerous chemicals, efforts to make industries responsible for the safety of their chemicals and products and the use of the best science to protect Americans who are exposed every day to hundreds of chemicals.
Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, in support of the Healthier Hospital Initiative, have produced the first in a series of videos and other materials that will help hospital administrators and C-Suite personnel understand the urgency and importance of developing sustainable hospital operations. The video, “Leading the Health Care Sector to Sustainability,” features hospital executives, medical experts, and leaders of supporting institutions. Nurses who are working on or have interest in environmental health in healthcare may like to view the video. The link to the press release and video can be found at: http://www.noharm.org/us_canada/news_hcwh/2011/mar/hcwh2011-03-03.php.
Article: Drug Takeback Programs
Cleaner Air - Health Care Without Harm Call to Action 02-21-11Article: Greening the OREnviRN Knowledge Network - The EnviRN Knowledge Network is a new resource for nurses who are interested in Environmental Health. Launched on February 14, 2011, EnviRN is an active learning environment in which you can interchangeably be both teacher and learner. Among other features, it is a site for gathering essential environmental health information from experts, connecting with nursing researchers, and creating your very own blog posts on an area of interest to you.
Environmental Public Health Tracking 101 - A new CDC online course offering, Environmental Public Health Tracking 101, provides an overview of the major components of environmental public health tracking. The course is divided into 12 modules within three sections. Topics include how to use the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (www.cdc.gov/ephtracking), surveillance and epidemiology, types of tracking data, and geographic information systems. The online course is available at www.nehacert.org. The course can be accessed by entering “Tracking 101”in the search box. Continuing Nursing Education contact hours are available at no charge.
Sign-up for the EnviRN newsletter - A number of times each month Environmental Health Information from numerous reputable sources are compiled and sent to the Envirn List-serv group. Link includes archives of past newsletters and the opportunity to sign up for the newsletter if you're not already subscribed. View the January 2011 edition.
Practices and Resources for Screening Children's Blood Lead Levels- Assessment of Idaho Health Care Providers' Practices and Resources for Screening Children's Blood Lead Levels
National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures - a collaborative initiative supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry through which many organizations and individuals are helping develop an action agenda for strengthening the nation’s approach to protecting the public’s health from harmful chemical exposures.
EPA Launches Web Forum on How to Best Protect America’s Drinking Water (August 17, 2010) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a web-based discussion forum to gather public input on how the agency can improve protection of drinking water. The information will be used in implementing EPA’s new drinking water strategy announced by Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in March. The forum will be open for discussion for about a month, with each topic area being discussed separately. To join the discussion: http://blog.epa.gov/dwstrat. More information on the new Drinking Water Strategy: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/sdwa/dwstrategy.html.
The Story Of Cosmetics - Video about Chemicals in our Cosmetics - Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the 7-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The video was developed in partnership with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Housing Health for the Elderly: Assessing Harm Inside the Home - by Christina Bobek, BA, RN