Each year at CleanMed, Health Care Without Harm honors outstanding individuals with its annual awards, given in a variety of categories to people who have contributed to the implementation of sustainable health care.
We are pleased to honor the following 2018 recipients:
Charlotte Brody Award Winner
Presented Monday, May 7 at the Opening Plenary Session
Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM
Executive Director, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Katie Huffling is a certified nurse-midwife and is the executive director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. In her role with the Alliance, Katie works with nurses and national nursing organizations on a variety of environmental health issues including climate change, chemical policy, expansion of environmental health throughout nursing education, and sustainable health care. Since the beginning of her nursing career, she has been a champion of the inclusion of environmental health into nursing and midwifery practice. While practicing full-time as a nurse-midwife, Katie developed an assessment tool for nurse-midwives and other health professionals to assess for environmental exposures in pregnant women that is being utilized in obstetrical practices across the country.
In 2016, Katie organized a Climate Change and Health Nursing Roundtable at the White House that was attended by many of the major national nursing organizations. This event led to the formation of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health, which is elevating the nursing voice on climate change. Katie has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental health issues and was an editor of the environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” that won the 2017 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in Environmental Health.
Environmental Health Hero Award Winner
Presented Wednesday, May 9 at the Closing Plenary Session
Vice President of Employee Safety, Health & Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Kathy Gerwig is vice president of employee safety, health and wellness and the environmental stewardship officer at Kaiser Permanente. She is responsible for developing, organizing, and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for Kaiser Permanente, a leading health care provider and not-for-profit health plan/hospital system serving more than 12 million members in the United States. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader. Kathy has testified to the U.S. Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform. Her book “Greening Health Care, How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet” examines the critical role health care organizations can play in addressing serious environmental threats to health.
Kathy is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization’s employees and physicians. She oversees Kaiser’s national departments of workplace safety, workforce wellness, integrated disability management, employee assistance programs, and environmental, health and safety. She also serves on the boards of several non-governmental organizations focused on safety, health, and environmental sustainability in health care.