Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of the NYU College of Nursing took part April 9 in the White House roundtable, “Educating Tomorrow’s Health Leaders on the Impacts of Climate Change.”
The event was part of the administration’s National Public Health Week activities. Hosted by White House Senior Advisor Brian Deese, the roundtable discussion centered on how educators are combating the health impacts of climate change and protecting the health of future generations.
“Global climate change is directly affecting health of individuals, families and communities,” Sullivan-Marx said in a news release. “In 2012, our faculty and students immediately felt the impact of Superstorm Sandy. They were on the front lines of the response to the disaster, serving the public health needs of the NYC community.”
Sullivan-Marx is part of a coalition of deans from 30 medical, nursing and public health schools around the country who are committing to ensuring the next generation of health professionals are trained to effectively address the health impacts of climate change, according to a news release. The commitment builds on the leadership of many educators around the country who already have begun incorporating climate change into their respective programs.
“As nurses, we are public health professionals, and we must accept the responsibility to prepare our students for the health effects of global climate change,” Sullivan-Marx said in the release. “This includes educating and training them in the areas of emergency preparedness and response, infectious disease management, respiratory illness awareness, and the management of wide-scale community disruptions.”