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California Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Celebrates October as

 Children's Environmental Health Month

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October has officially been declared Children’s Environmental Health Month in California and it is shaping up to be a busy month for those of us interested in protecting our children from harmful exposures in our air, water, soil, food and products. Click here for the state resolution.

We hope that you will join us for our short nursing press briefings this month. Schedule and links are posted below.

We are often told that nurses are the most trusted voiced by the public. Now is our time to use our voices on behalf of California’s children demanding clean air and water, healthy food, toxin-free products, and a climate healthy future. They are our future and they deserve it.

Here are some things you can pledge to do immediately as your commitment to Children's Environmental Health.

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Children’s Environmental Health Month

FREE Educational Briefings

Pediatric Asthma

Tues, Oct 5th, 12 noon PST


  • Karen Duderstadt, Clinical Professor Emerita, UCSF
  • Will Barrett, Policy Director, American Lung Association
  • Elected Official (TBD)

 Pediatric Asthma link to join (no registration required)


The rest of the month:

Pesticides and Children’s Health

Tues, Oct 12th, 12 noon PST


  • Abbey Alkon, Nursing Professor, UCSF
  • Mechelle Perea-Ryan, Professor, CSU Stanislaus
  • Mark Weller, CA for Pesticide Reform
  • Elected Official (TBD)

Pesticides and Children's Health link to join (no registration required)

Climate Change, Fires & Smoke, Fossil Fuels

Tues, Oct 19th, 12 noon PST


  • Barbara Sattler, Professor Emerita, USF
  • Juan Flores, California Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Sacramento City Council member Katie Valenzuela

Climate Change, Fires & Smoke, and Fossil Fuels link to join (no registration required)

Pediatric Cancer

Tues, Oct. 26th, 12 noon 


  • Kristen Mouradian, RN, FNP, Stanford Children’s Hospital
  • Nsedu Obot Witherpsoon, Children’s Environmental Health Network
  • Elected Official (TBD)

Pediatric Cancer link to join (no registration required)

Nurses asked city elected officials around the state to issue their own proclamations supporting children’s environmental health. As of now, 11 cities and 1 county have already done that with more coming in every day.

The County of Santa Cruz, the cities of Burlingame, Dublin, Elk Grove, Fresno, Glendale, La Mesa, Modesto, Redwood City, Roseville, Sacramento,

and San Diego.


Nurse Erika Alfaro, Santa Cruz, seen with

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors proclamation

Nurse Dante Laghetto, San Diego, seen with

La Mesa’s city proclamation

Air Pollution Exposure

and Children's Asthma

Decades ago, when I was an emergency room nurse, we would have the occasional child come in with asthma-related distress.  Fast forward to today and that same emergency room has dedicated rooms, yes more than one, for children with difficulty breathing from asthma. Read more.. 

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Professor at Samuel Merritt University College of Nursing and her students become engaged and see the impact

Dr. Jeneva Gularte-Rinaldo, nurse faculty and member of CA ANHE, along with several of her nursing students contacted a total of 55 city officials in 14 cities in Northern California to ask them to issue a local Children’s Environment Health month proclamation. CA ANHE is thankful for their incredible help!

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