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Graham Price Strain Lecture set for October 17

Northwestern State University
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 3:57pm

Barbara Sattler of the University of California at San Francisco will deliver the annual Graham Price Strain Lecture at Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Nursing Education Center at 1800 Line Avenue in Shreveport. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. with the lecture at 5 p.m.

Northwestern State University’s Nursing Continuing Education program and the Beta Chi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau will sponsor the lecture, “Health Risks Associated with Environmental Exposures and Climate Change: Nurses Emerging Roles.”

Registration is free, but those attending are asked to bring a gift for the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission such as personal care products, coats, gloves, socks, or related items. Seating is limited. Those planning to attend should register by Thursday, Oct 3.

The presentation is designed to enable the learner to recognize chemical substances that can cause health risks and be able to teach patients to be environmentally aware. The objectives are to enable those attending to identify a wide range of chemicals that affect health risks, discuss how chemicals may be contributing to climate change and identify how to assess patients’ and nurses’ exposure to potentially toxic chemicals and strategies to reduce them.

Sattler is a professor in the Public Health Program at the University of San Francisco. She recently retired after 23 years at the University of Maryland where she directed a center that addressed the environment’s impact on human health.

Sattler has been active in shifting food practices in the health care sector, bringing farmers’ markets to hospital grounds and helping urban hospitals to source seasonal, locally and sustainably-grown food for their patients and staff. Supported by a USDA grant, she also helped to decrease sugar sweetened beverage consumption in health care settings. Her center established the Maryland Sustainable Foods Council that was made up of food directors from hospitals and school districts, chefs from the hospitality industry and members of the farm community.

Sattler has served on the Institute of Medicine committees regarding environmental health information and has been a member of the EPA Federal Advisory Council for Children’s Health Protection. She has a Doctorate in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses.

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