Apr. 25, 2011
Emory to Host 'Greening Health Care' Conference April 27
ATLANTA – Emory University will host “Greening Health Care: Environmental Health for Nurses” on Wednesday, April 27. The half-day conference, which is open to the public, will focus on strategies health care practitioners can use to promote healthy living for their patients.
The conference aims to raise awareness of the environmental factors that affect human health and is scheduled 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Emory’s School of Nursing at 1520 Clifton Rd in Atlanta.
“Florence Nightingale paved the way in recognizing the intricate relationship between healthy environments and healing,” says Linda McCauley, professor and dean of Emory's School of Nursing. “This conference will serve as a forum for encouraging health care professionals to adopt sustainable practices to improve health care and quality of life for everyone.”
Environmental health expert Anne Turner-Henson will deliver the keynote address. Turner-Henson is a nursing professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. She has conducted extensive research on innovative models of care for children with asthma and exposure reduction to secondhand smoke and household chemicals.
Featured conference speakers include Dean McCauley; Ciannat Howett, Emory director of sustainability initiatives; Leslie Rubin, president of the Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability; and Robert Geller and Michelle Marcus, co-directors of the Southeastern Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Emory University.
The conference is sponsored by Emory’s: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.
The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.