Butterfield is a nationally recognized environmental and public health advocate and leader. Her research focuses on household environmental health risks. During her time as the dean of the College of Nursing, Butterfield instilled a culture of sustainability in all aspects of the college – programs, teaching and daily business operations.
Students working and learning at the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic – opening in summer of 2016 – will work with local neighborhoods.
Health impacts due to poor living conditions can have lasting consequences, and children especially shouldn’t have to suffer.
A $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund will help WSU Spokane identify and reduce health risks in the homes of area residents.
On her first day as the retired Dean of the WSU College of Nursing, Patricia Butterfield received an invitation from the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on climate change and public health.
Under Butterfield’s leadership, the College of Nursing has had a focus on environmental health.
“As a public health nurse, I am pleased to see that the discussion around climate change has been connected to public health, and that our government recognizes the importance of this,” she said in a WSU news release. “If we aren’t taking care of the environment, we are not taking care of ourselves.”
The roundtable discussion took place last week in Washington D.C.