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Healthcare PlexusCall: Environmental Sustainability and Healthcare
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When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
1 PM- 2 PM ET
Where: United States

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Healthcare PlexusCall

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 1:00 pm ET

Topic: Environmental Sustainability and Healthcare:

The Inextricable Connection

Guests: Beth Schenk and Shanda Lembeck


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We live in a complex and changing world. Climate change, increasing use of toxic chemicals, growing economic inequality create new threats to our health and challenge our ingenuity. Nursing has long been concerned with the individual in the context of his or her environment, which often meant family or immediate surroundings. Today, it is clear that human health is also affected by the condition of the larger natural environment. Healthcare, including nursing practice, may create and sustain health—while at the same time damaging the natural environment through its contributions to waste accumulation and the use of environmental toxicants. Can we turn around this vicious cycle?

Beth and Shanda will talk about their own work in the area of sustainability and care for the environment. They will be calling in live from CleanMed 2016: Redefining Health Care Sustainability, a large national conference in Dallas, to report on what they are hearing that is new and inspiring.

Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist, where she co-leads nursing research efforts for Providence Health & Services, a system of 35 hospitals in the western US. She is an assistant research professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing. In addition, she is sustainability coordinator for Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, and addresses environmental stewardship across the health system. As a nurse scientist, Beth’s primary research interest is in the environmental impacts of nursing practice. She developed the NEAT: Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool. Additional research experience is in the areas of reduction of harm in hospitalized patients and adoption of electronic medical records In the Missoula community, Beth is co-chair of the board of the Institute of Health and Humanities, and on the Executive Committee of Climate Smart Missoula. In addition, she serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthier Environments. She likes to spend time with her family, friends, and pets, garden, play hockey, and enjoy music.



Shanda L. Lembeck, DNP(s), BSN, RN-BC, PHN, is a Clinical and Laboratory Instructor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She is pursuing a DNP degree in Health Innovation and Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She is a practicing cardiovascular nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and a board member of the U of M School of Nursing Alumni Society. She is working toward a more environmentally sustainable health care industry by building and facilitating interdisciplinary teams focused on green health culture. She is a member of  Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate


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