“As a health professional, I know I’m in a unique position to address how human health is impacted by the environment,” according to registered nurse Peggy Coyle, one of the 19 participants in the Ecology Center’s Health Leaders Fellowship program this year.
“This program has given me a deeper knowledge base and better tool set to influence environmental policies and improve people’s health,” Coyle said. “Fellows like me are working to protect our patients’ health by improving the environmental practices in the institutions we work for and in the communities where we live.”
The Health Leaders Fellowship is a unique leadership development opportunity for health professionals of all types, at any stage in their career, who have a dedicated interest in preventing disease and improving health in their communities, according to Rebecca Meuninck, environmental health campaign director at the Ecology Center and coordinator of the Health Leaders Fellowship program.
“The program will continue to cultivate a network of environmental health advocates who will be leaders within their institutions, associations, communities and the public policy arena,” Meuninck said. “The next cohort of fellows will learn how common health conditions and chronic diseases are linked to an unsustainable food system, dirty energy generation, and toxic chemicals in many of the products we use every day.”
The fellowship program aims to develop and inspire local health professionals through a series of issue and civic engagement trainings and field experiences. Fellows will work with Ecology Center staff and environmental health experts for nine months to learn more about the connections between environmental health and human health, develop the skills to advocate for change in institutional and public policy arenas and complete a guided practicum.
There is no charge to participate in the program.
For more information or to apply, see www.ecocenter.org/health-leaders