Associate Professor, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing
Dr. Cantu is a native of San Antonio, TX. with over 38 years of public and population health nursing with a focus on primary and secondary health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases among undeserved, vulnerable populations. For the last 9 years, I have been deeply involved in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments as a board member and steering committee member. In that capacity I have been deeply involved in educating nurses and communities about the education and advocacy of environmental health issues including chemical policy, unconventional oil and gas operations, and climate change. I have received grants to develop community partnerships that allow me to outreach to vulnerable populations and increase their awareness about environmental justice issues. All of her research and interventions are developed and implemented in collaboration with community partners as well as interprofessional researchers that includes using promotoras to enhance community health promotion and education.
Nursing Summit on Environmental Health: “Preparing Nurses for Critical Environmental Health Issues” From pollution caused by hospitals, to chemicals in our food and products to preparing for disasters, environmental issues challenge the health of nurses, and the patients and communities we care for. Over 3 million nurses practice in the US. However, not all […]