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    carissamarie_07

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    Environmental Health Policies

    Post  carissamarie_07 on Wed 21 Apr 2010, 3:56 am

    Environmental Health Policies as elaborated by WHO (2010)

    The attainment of sustainable development by creating friendly environment conducive to health can only be realized through the enhancement of an environment that is free from biological, chemical and physical hazards emanating from local, national and international sources. In this regard, environmental health plays a pivotal role in the endeavor to create and foster an environment that is safe to work, recreate and live. It is in fact one of the most essential elements and preconditions for development. The primary and principal step deemed imperative in the effort to deliver environmental health services is the development and formulation of comprehensive and sound policy in the sector.
    The Environmental Health Policy (EHP) programme aims to assist countries in their endeavor to realizing the achievement of sustainable development by creating an environment conducive to health through the development and formulation of Environmental Health Policy and strengthening/development of their capacities to render sound Environmental Health Services.
    Each government program has 1 or more policies stemmed from the general environmental policies that govern their strategies. A few of these programs are the Sanitary, Climate change, and Air quality and health.
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    1. Policy Statement of the National Environmental Health Association

    Regarding cutbacks in the environmental health workforce
    For the health, well being and welfare of our communities throughout the nation,
    the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) strongly urges
    that environmental health programs be maintained at the staffing and funding
    levels necessary in order for them to continue to be effective.
    Environmental health programs serve to prevent illness, injury and even
    death. NEHA asserts that such programs result in an overall net economic gain for
    the community based on disease prevention, extended lives, enhanced productivity
    and less time lost from work. These programs improve the overall quality of life in
    communities throughout the nation because they materially reduce environmental
    threats to health.
    In addition, these very programs operate to protect communities against emergency
    situations (such as terrorism events, acts of nature, pandemics, etc.). If this
    important infrastructure was compromised due to reductions in this workforce,
    communities become more vulnerable to the dangers and consequences of
    emergency situations.





    Nurses View:

    Nightingale was very specific in her recommendations on how to utilize the environment in optimizing environmental factors to improve patient comfort and to facilitate health and healing. Nightingale, a sublime example for nurses , discusses in her theory about air quality, water quality, noise, light, and diet and nutrition, (Shaner 2006) which are aspects wherein environmental programs revolve. Being nurses like Nightingale, we play key roles in protecting the health of all people; are in direct contact with patients, families, and communities from many cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; and have the credibility and access that enables us to provide scientifically sound information about environmental issues and toxic exposures. Therefore we have an important role in environmental health.

    Recommendation:

    Since each program that health organizations form needs different levels of skills, we believe that proper and specialization trainings provided to nurses would be a great investment. Trainings will harness the equipped nurses and will consequently produce more competent outcome. With the high number of unemployed nurses and the governments need for helping hands, a symbiotic relationship can arise that will benefit the society.

    Questions:

    1. Are the policies concrete enough to implement?
    2. Are the policies being implemented?
    3. Should nurses have a bigger take on environmental health such as going through specialized trainings concerning a particular program before participating for a more solid foundation?
    4.Should the government utilize the registered nurses in the environmental programs to carry out the policy of Environmental Health ?






    WHO Regional Office Africa (2010) Environmental Health
    Retrieved April 20, 2010 from
    http://www.who.int/topics/environmental_health/en/

    WHO Regional Office Africa (2010) Fact sheet N266
    Retrieved April 20, 2010 from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/print.html

    NEHA (2009)Policy Statement of the National Environmental Health Association
    Retrieved April 20, 2010 from
    http://www.neha.org/pdf/positions/EH_workforce_cutbacks.pdf

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    Environmental Health Policies

    Post  group 4 on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 1:22 am

    As mentioned during the lecture, DOH facilitates the implementation their programs according to the policies that they have established, down until regional areas only. do environmental health advocate nurses have the right to appeal to DOH to include LGUs in the planning and facilitation of programs in remote areas as a means to mend the environmental health gap?

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    environmental health policies

    Post  arniemoldogo on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 1:53 am

    Nurses role is not clearly defined or stated, well its true that it will be difficult for us to propose in the government about these policies, but what will be the role of the nurses in certain issues like this, i mean if macro recommendations will be difficult, what will be the micro recommendations that we can instill? What kind of trainings should nurses undergo?Very Happy

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    Post  abbysantos11 on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 4:54 am

    In response to your question, I think we have all the right to appeal to the DOH to do something regarding the gaps because it is part of our nursing responsibility.

    I think the question here that you need to answer is this: what proposal can nurses like us formulate to address to the DOH the problem of decentralization of health care system our country is facing? We can begin with presenting first the reality happening in most LGUs especially in the far-flung areas as proofs of its lack of effectiveness. The devolution is also equivalent to the loss of unity in health care policy execution.

    I agree with arnie that you were not able to state the nurse's role here.
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    Post  Tet Soriano on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 7:30 am

    I agree that nurses should have bigger take on environmental health. Seminars and trainings would help a lot to help the nurses implement the Environmental Health Programs.
    I think these Environmental Policies should be re-integrated starting on the grassroot level.

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    Environmental Health Policies

    Post  carissamarie_07 on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 9:42 am

    i do not disagree to any of your points. thank you. However, Should nurses really have a bigger take on it? are we ready for it? do we really have the power to improve those policies knowing that nurses have a small voice in the community given the fact that many nurses do not know their role? shouldnt we straighten the policies in our sector first before tackling others for a stronger force?

    Social, Health, Individual--- is the triad to mend the gap.agree?

    Ideally, nurses' role is to be advocates to the environmental health starting from oneself up to the small community that she is exposed to. Information dissemination is the most obvious and feasible role that nurses can do at present. research supported by govt is a being looked into project.
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    Post  Tet Soriano on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 12:08 pm

    Yes, I think we have the power to improve these policies as long as we know our stand. And we have the initiative to help. Straightening the policies is also right, our roles should be clearly defined to know where do we stand and if we really have the compassion to the environment, we can move towards change.

    What can we do to improve the evaluation results of information dissemination?

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    Environmental Health Policies

    Post  carissamarie_07 on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 1:32 pm

    tet you are absolutely right.

    suggestion solution:1. nurses to be ACTIVE members/participants of the environmental health programs
    2. form like a private sector comprised of nurses to evaluate
    3. most of all undergo trainings to be able to understand on what criteria to focus during evaluation
    4. "ako ang simula" by reporting directly to DOH unimplemented programs, and prevailing anomalies
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    Post  Tet Soriano on Thu 22 Apr 2010, 1:43 pm

    Carissa, I agree with all of your suggestions. Smile
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    Post  carlo_0829 on Fri 23 Apr 2010, 1:41 am

    To Ms. Carissa, I agree with all of your suggestions but your suggestion is too broad so, I would like to ask 1.)As a nurse, what will you do to invite your fellow nurses to become an active members/participants of the environmental health programs? 2.)In my own opinion, sector should consists of different people not just only nurses, and what would be the specific role of a nurse in that sector? 3.) Do you think trainings are enough for a nurse to understand on what criteria to focus during evaluation and if so, what kind of trainings?. then 4.)Why reporting directly to DOH those unimplemented programs, and why not addressing first the local government since they are the one in-charge of implementation?.. thank you

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