A group of interprofessional healthcare providers could help advance environmental efforts in healthcare and health systems nationwide, a Washington State University professor recently told the White House Summit on Climate Change and Health in Washington, D.C.
Patricia Butterfield, PhD, MS, RN, dean emerita and professor at WSU’s College of Nursing in Spokane, was one of three university professors who participated in a panel discussion June 23 at the summit. She suggested agencies like the Health Resources and Services Administration should continue supporting research and projects for environment-related healthcare efforts, according to a news release.
Butterfield is a nationally recognized public health nurse with expertise in environmental health interventions and sustainable nursing and healthcare practice, according to the release.
The panelists shared their thoughts on why climate change is relevant and important in their fields, the role of climate change training in curriculum, the role of healthcare leadership in addressing climate change, best practices in their field and more.
Butterfield also participated in a follow-up discussion at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. About 150 summit participants also heard from Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and watched a video presentation from President Obama.
Butterfield served on the panel with Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and Edward Cornwell III, dean of the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. The panel was moderated by Howard Frumkin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.