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Sunday, March 13 • 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Roundtable 4: Environmental Health Literacy: The Green Nursing Project

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Define what the term Environmental Health Literacy means.
  2. Describe an initiative for Environmental Health Literacy for nurses.
  3. Identify three Health Literacy teaching strategies that can be incorporated into your education programs or workshops.
  4. Discuss barriers and solutions in engaging participants and patients in personal behavioral change.

Environmental Health Literacy is the method of breaking down complex information about how the environment affects health into easily understandable chunks, pieces, or words.  It incorporates various teaching strategies including active learning with hands-on activities, discussions, risk reduction strategies, DIY recipes, and sharing websites and resources.  The Green Nursing Project is an initiative set up under the Central Mass Health Literacy Project to educate nurses about Environmental Health Literacy topics and inspire them to take personal and professional action. Nurses learn that exposure to recurrent low-doses or to a mixture of low doses of environmental chemicals contained in household and personal care products including carcinogens, reproductive and neurotoxins, and endocrine disruptors may pose a health risk or compound health conditions for the general population as well as for vulnerable populations. Gaps exist in translating environmental health information to the public and helping people understand the health effects related to chemical exposures and personal actions they could take to reduce exposures.  


Lisa Chan, MS, RN

Lead Investigator for Worcester State University Research Project, UMASS Memorial Hospital Worcester State University
Lisa Chan is a graduate nursing student at Worcester State University with a passion for environmental health literacy, and a recent Paul Ambrose Scholar.  In 2012, she received a micro-grant from the Central Mass Health Literacy Foundation to host a Household Chemical Label Literacy Workshop, and a grant from the Worcester State Foundation Student Research Grant Program to conduct her research study on Female College Student Awareness of... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2016 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Franciscan Ballroom