Dr. Beth Schenk, Assistant Research Professor at the WSU College of Nursing, was named 2017 Charlotte Brody Award Winner for her work in creating a healthier environment in health care and inspiring other nurses to do the same. Dr. Schenk will be honored in May at CleanMed 2017, a conference on environmental sustainability in health care.
She received her PhD from the WSU College of Nursing in 2013. Her research focused on the development of an environmental awareness tool for nurses that’s been used in multiple states across the nation, has been requested for use in nine other countries, and has been translated into three additional languages.
Dr. Schenk is Nurse Scientist for Providence St. Joseph Health, an organization created by the combination of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health, where she co-leads nursing research across the 50-hospital system. Her first recycling effort was at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, in 1992, where she now serves as sustainability coordinator. She also helps a team of leaders develop and support environmental stewardship efforts across the Providence St. Joseph Health system.
The Charlotte Brody Award is named for one of the founders of Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition working to make health care more environmentally responsible and sustainable.