Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) is the only national nursing organization focused solely on the intersection of health and the environment. The mission of ANHE is to promote healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy.

Our climate, health, and equity work is most focused on:

Building the capacity of nurses to address climate change within nursing practice, to advocate for just and equitable climate policies, to advance resilience within communities, and to push for climate protections as health necessities for all - especially communities and populations that are most impacted by climate change. We also focus on promoting collaboration among nursing organizations to move the profession forward in advancing climate, health, and equity.

This is important because:

The stark realities of climate change and health related impacts demand we take swift and urgent action to address climate change. As the largest portion of the healthcare workforce and the most trusted profession, nurses already see the impacts of climate change in the people and communities they care for and are personally affected by climate-related impacts. This moment is critical as leaders must take bold action in the response to climate change - emphasizing the urgency, and also the opportunity, to improve health and address racial and economic inequities by acting on climate.

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Learn more about our climate, health, and equity work:

ANHE Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program: In 2019-2020, ANHE developed a successful model for nurse-community partnerships in addressing climate change and other environmental health concerns. The ANHE Environmental Health Fellowship program was aimed at increasing the capacity of nurses to work in partnership with climate-vulnerable communities to promote community resilience and amplify community-led solutions. A total of 30 nurses fellows and 10 nurse mentors participated.

Get to Know ANHE Nurse Fellows:

ANHE Nurses’ Guide to What the Science Teaches Us about Common Solutions to Climate Change and Family Health Problems: In this new guide learn why nurses are calling on all our policymakers to join us in taking strong action now to address climate change and improve our families’ and community health, advance racial and economic justice, and address climate and health inequities.

Learn more about ANHE’s commitment from our statement on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion 

Contact us:

Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN Executive Director