Climate and Environmental Health: Education for Rural Communities

Published:October 25, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2021.10.001

      Abstract

      Rural populations experience underinvestment in communication and technology infrastructure that may contribute to an information gap about climate change and the relationship to health impacts in rural communities. This report describes how a student and nursing faculty member provided community education to 3 rural communities about how climate change impacts the health of rural communities through the local community newspaper serving the 3 communities. Climate and health-related topics in a weekly newspaper column in this project included extreme heat events, Lyme disease, air pollution, water quality, soil health, environmental justice, and the role of the nurse in planetary health.

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      Biography

      Payton Kaldenberg, BSN, RN, alum, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Eau Claire.

      Biography

      Pamela Lynn Guthman, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Eau Claire, and can be contacted at [email protected] .

      Biography

      Cara Cook, MSN, RN AHN-BC, Director of Programs, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.