Empowering Nurses to Change Public Policy

Last year, nurses joined with other advocates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to successfully advocate for a new law that protects children from lead poisoning. In this episode, we speak with Erin Blair, a home visiting nurse of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, who shared a testimony with City Council on her firsthand experience working with families affected by lead exposure. We also hear from Colleen McCauley, the health policy director for Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY), who helped shape the new lead legislation in the city. Colleen uses her experience in nursing and public health to advocate for better public policy. Finally, we hear from Katie Huffling, executive director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments on how nurses can create systemic change.

For more information about the organizations mentioned in this episode, please visit the links below:

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY)

Alliance for Nurses for Healthy Environments 

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