Charlotte Brody Award
Created in honor of a lifelong advocate for social change, the Charlotte Brody Award recognizes nurses who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health and who generate significant outcomes from their efforts.
This year’s recipient is Dr. Beth Schenk, who serves as nurse scientist for Providence St. Joseph Health and co-leads nursing research across the 50-hospital system. In addition, she is assistant research professor in nursing at Washington State University in Spokane. She is passionate about environmental health, helping leaders develop and support environmental stewardship efforts across Providence St. Joseph Health and serving as sustainability coordinator at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana.
Dr. Schenk’s first recycling effort at St. Patrick was in 1992, and since then, she has led multiple efforts to measure and decrease environmental impacts and their health effects. In her academic work, she developed the “Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool” which measures nurses’ awareness of the environmental impacts of nursing practice and how those impacts relate to health risks. The tool has been used in multiple states, requested by nine countries and requested for translation in three non-English languages. In addition, she serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthier Environments and several local boards to build a healthier community in Missoula.