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Florence Nightingale
Clean air
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  • Teaching tools would: identify links between health and the environment, explore the roles of nursing in environmental health, identify examples of environmental health issues and propose ways to incorporate environmental health principles into nursing practice, education, research and policy
  • WHO has calculated that the poor and vulnerable are impacted the most by environmental hazards and children have no control over their prenatal and postnatal environments including the quality of the air they breathe, the water they drink, the food they eat and their place of residence
  • Beijing Powerpoint Presentation

    1. 1. BY HILDA SWIRSKY,RN,BScN,MEd Beijing, China Beijing, Chin October 22 nd , 2008
    2. 2. <ul><li>Began at George Brown teaching International </li></ul><ul><li>Students Family Health </li></ul><ul><li>Continued on RNAO’s BOD as Member at Large in Socio-Political </li></ul><ul><li>Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthened on CNA’s Environmental Health Reference Group </li></ul><ul><li>Continues in clinical practice at Mount Sinai Hospital as an environmental Ambassador and Champion </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>“ Fundamental to life, and attention to the effect of the environment on human health is imperative if we are to attain the goal of health for all.” (Canadian Nurses Association & Canadian Medical Association, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Our physical environment plays a critical role in the health of individuals and families while at home or work and in their communities </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Understand and agree on the importance of balance between the human body and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Yin-yang also symbolizes that balance </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Gained valuable environmental insight </li></ul><ul><li>Increased awareness of International Trade Agreements on ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Created valuable tools and shared Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Participated in press releases on Banning Cosmetic Use of Pesticides and Banning Smoking in Cars with Children under 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Shared information with peers and communities including about RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Critiqued position statements and policies </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>CNA’s BOD launched the Environmental Health project to </li></ul><ul><li>address perceived lack of nursing knowledge on environmental </li></ul><ul><li>health concerns in nursing practice, education, research and </li></ul><ul><li>Policy when assessing, correcting, controlling and preventing </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: to enlighten nurses about environmental legislation, environmental hazards and factors and their health impacts and make recommendations for reduction and prevention of hazards </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>A critical determinant of health linking adverse health outcomes with social justice </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence identifies disproportionate impact on marginalized, lower income populations </li></ul><ul><li>Populations thrive and flourish healthier and happier when they have cleaner air and minimized exposure to toxins and pollutants in their food and environment (CNA, RNAO, 2008). </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>World-wide confirmed climate change and global warming results from atmospheric changes in the amount of greenhouse gases produced causing changes in usual weather patterns over time and space resulting in temperature changes, altered wind and rainfall patterns (Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Working Group 1) </li></ul><ul><li>Picture from World Health Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Wo </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Smog, poor indoor and outdoor air quality </li></ul><ul><li>Clean water </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental toxins, carcinogens, pollutants and pesticides </li></ul><ul><li>Dirty energy </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of labeling and information on consumer products and potentially hazardous products </li></ul><ul><li>No comprehensive strategy for reducing household and occupational carcinogens </li></ul><ul><li>No comprehensive community right-to-know legislation </li></ul><ul><li>No Comprehensive pandemic planning </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Increased incidents of vector, water and food borne illnesses </li></ul><ul><li>Increased rates of cancer, asthma, premature deaths, developmental disabilities, birth defects, </li></ul><ul><li>Reproductive disorders, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, respiratory illnesses </li></ul><ul><li>Effect of ozone depletion (CNA, RNAO, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of extreme weather events especially on vulnerable populations </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-economic environmental refugees </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Lobbying all levels of governments for environmental policies and meeting Kyoto targets </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a comprehensive, integrated provincial regulatory and publicly accessible database of toxic releases (CNA, ICN, RNAO) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase public awareness of the need for cancer prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for toxic right-to-know legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Working with provincial, national and international nursing associations </li></ul><ul><li>Forming and participating on Green Teams and working with Health & Safety Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating a behaviour shift to energy conservation and efficiency, recycle, reuse and reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Advocating for urban redesign with alternatives to using cars </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring students and peers </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Position papers and policies </li></ul><ul><li>Briefing Notes </li></ul><ul><li>RNAO’s BPGs: Healthy Work Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory workbooks on Environment and Health, The Greening of Health Care and Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Available DVDs and Powerpoint presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Websites linking Environmental Health Resources </li></ul><ul><li>RNAO’s Election Platform 2007, 2008 </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Smoke free programs </li></ul><ul><li>Banning cosmetic pesticides campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Protect, conserve and restore the natural environment effectively, timely, openly and fairly (Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a publicly accessible database of toxic releases (RNAO, CNA, ICN) </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of Environmental Health resources website </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Health and Safety Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Create environmental newsletter and tips </li></ul><ul><li>Pandemic planning for impact of extreme weather events especially on vulnerable populations </li></ul><ul><li>Work with coalitions </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the benefit of Air Quality Index </li></ul><ul><li>Include environmental concerns in critiquing political platforms </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>“ Supporting environmental preservation and restoration and advocating for initiatives that reduce environmentally harmful practices in order to promote health and well-being” Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, CNA,2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Educate and role-model greening practices to lead changes beyond the comfort zone </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in specific community environmental health issues and emergency planning </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for policies and practices to improve air quality </li></ul><ul><li>Work on Green Team: create educational factsheets, brochures, tips and newsletter, policies and practices </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilize nurses to lobby all levels of government advocating for social justice and decreasing health disparities </li></ul><ul><li>Identify research gaps </li></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li>“ Let us all remember that privilege means responsibility…as we use our larger opportunities to make our country and the world better and brighter, purer and nobler with each succeeding </li></ul><ul><li>year.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Agnes </li></ul><ul><li>Snively, Oct. 8, </li></ul><ul><li>1908 </li></ul>
    16. 17. <ul><li>http://ipcc-wg1.ucar.edu/wg1/FAQ/wg1_faq-1.2.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/what.php </li></ul><ul><li>www.cna-aiic.ca </li></ul><ul><li>www.cna-nurses.ca/cna </li></ul><ul><li>www.rnao.org </li></ul>

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