Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Environmental Health


Laurie Combe, Past President, National Association of School Nurses (NASN) said, “School nurses constantly scan the environment for hazards that potentially have an impact on the health and safety of students.” Identification of such hazards can cause the school nurse to draw from their knowledge of the principles in the School Nursing Practice FrameworkTM specifically Care Coordination and Community and Public Health as they consider connecting the families and school administrations to agencies in the community that can assist them with addressing the hazard. It is the position of NASN that, to protect and promote the health of all children, robust environmental health protections must be in place, and the inequities that lead to environmental injustice must be eliminated. (NASN Position Statement on Environmental Health. 2021)

NASN Resources

Position Statement - Environmental Health

Home and Community Factors That Impact Health and Learning per 100 Students | Infographic

Combe L.G. Environmental Impacts on Student Health: A Call for School Nurse Action. NASN School Nurse. 2021;36(2):71-77. doi:10.1177/1942602X21991526

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National Guidelines

Healthy School Environments | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Additional Resources

Children's environmental health | World Health Organization

National Environmental Public Health Tracking | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Environmental Topics | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Children's Environmental Health | American Public Health Association

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Page last updated September 2022.