Too often, health professionals are called on to treat patients with conditions that could have been prevented — with quality primary care, lifestyle and environment changes or (these days, especially) vaccines.
Frustrated and exhausted, we seek “upstream” solutions to the problems that fill our hospitals and waiting rooms.
That is why nurses are speaking up on environmental issues. We know that clean air and water are foundational to good health. And on clean water, the solutions we need are — quite literally — upstream.
A new report by the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments spotlights threats to water quality in the U.S. today, and shows how nurses across the country are taking action to address them.