Groundwork Providence Awarded EPA’s Environmental Job Training Grant


June 21, 2012

EPA Announces $3 Million In Environmental Job Training Grants

Grants provide job trainees opportunities to protect public health in their communities

WASHINGTON – Today at the Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus announced that EPA is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. The grants will recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. These investments will protect the health of local communities by targeting economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are often most needed.  Continue reading


NEW ARTICLE: Can Doctors Learn Empathy?

Can Doctors Learn Empathy?

…Empathy has always been considered an essential component of compassionate care, and recent research has shown that its benefits go far beyond the exam room. Greater physician empathy has been associated with fewer medical errors, better patient outcomes and more satisfied patients. It also results in fewer malpractice claims and happier doctors.

A growing number of professional accrediting and licensing agencies have taken these findings to heart, developing requirements that make empathy a core value and an absolute “learning objective” for all doctors. But even for the most enthusiastic supporters of such initiatives, the vexing question remains: Can people learn to be empathetic?

A new study reveals that they can…


NEW PRODUCT: The GreenRN iPhone app!

Here is the info a new healthy hospitals product sent to us by EnviRN News:

Dear Nurse Colleagues,

We are so excited! It’s been along time in the making, but we think you’ll find it was worth the wait. Our new (free) iPhone app for nurses is here, GreenRN

The GreenRN app provides tips for nurses three times a week to educate and inspire you about environmental health. It also offers ways to positively affect your patients and yourself. With our app, nurses will receive quick snippets of useful environmental health information such as ways to green your nursing practice, environmental chemicals of concern and how they impact human health, and ways to reduce exposures. Continue reading

New Event:

Rain Garden Workshop for healthcare and federal facilities at the Brockton VA in Brockton MA, June 7&8 2012.

Thank You!

H2ERI wants to thank all of the speakers, sponsors, and attendees for making our second annual Best Practices in Environmental Excellence conference an insightful and inspiring event for all of us to be a part of. Make sure to look at the “2012 Conference” page for our conference invitation, speaker powerpoints, and the final conference report.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with H2ERI’s work, get involved, or just have any questions please contact

Second Annual Best Practices for Environmental Excellence in Healthcare Conference

Brown University Children’s Environmental Health Center, Community Outreach and Translation Core and Superfund Research Program Community Engagement Core present:

Best Practices for Environmental Excellence in Healthcare

Monday, April 2, 2012
Women & Infants Hospital’s South Pavilion
101 Dudley Street
Providence, Rhode Island

Join us and come network with regional healthcare professionals, health advocates, community groups, and government agencies who are interested in creating and advancing environmentally sustainable healthcare facilities in Rhode Island. This conference will provide a wealth of practical tools and resources to educate, motivate, and facilitate sustainable practices that increase operational efficiency, create extraordinary environmental benefits, and save costs.

This year’s keynote speaker, Janet Brown, will introduce the Healthier Hospital Initiative—a technical assistance, education, and training-based program designed to realize sustainability and safety across the healthcare sector. Workshop topics will present various tools and practices available for measuring sustainability initiatives, establishing green teams, and developing sustainability plans.

Register today for the second annual Best Practices for Environmental Excellence in Healthcare conference!

To register, please visit:

This conference is open and free to the Rhode Island community. However, registration is required. Additionally, healthcare professionals have the opportunity to receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) and/or Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits. Certificates will be issued upon completion of the conference and submission of the conference evaluation form(s).