Joyce Stein Honored With Charlotte Brody Award

By Practice Greenhealth Staff on May 10, 2016

After a challenging 36-year career at the University of Michigan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Joyce Stein continues her legacy of caring for and supporting others by addressing the foundational issue beneath all the work happening within the sustainable health care movement—prevention. Stein’s enduring commitment to the advocacy and support of environmental health goals has resulted in her being honored by Health Care Without Harm and the Luminary Project with the Charlotte Brody Award, an acknowledgment given to nursing leaders who are “brilliantly lighting the way to a healthier environment and inspiring other nurses to do the same.”

“Environmental health issues are very much about cause and effect,” Stein said. “I think it’s important that health professionals take their practices to the next level of not only looking at treating diseases, but also looking at what are some of the causes, and if there is anything we can do on a policy level to prevent them.”

As the president of the Southeast Michigan Association of Neonatal Nurses and a key participant in organizations such as the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health, Stein can often be found on the front lines of advocacy campaigns and programs in her home state of Michigan, and is regularly quoted for articles as a key voice of health professionals taking action.

Stein’s work in educating hundreds of health professionals on environmental health issues, and the expertise she’s shared with policy makers in Michigan and nationally on the issues of safer chemicals, safer energy, and safer food systems are just a few of the things that make her an exceptional leader in fighting for a healthier environment for all.

“More importantly, our goal in the long run is prevention. If we don’t take the next step… that’s missing a big piece of the puzzle,” Stein said.