School Nurse Goes to Washington, DC

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OLCHS Nurse, Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, was chosen to represent Illinois public health nursing in Washington DC on June 22, 2016 and spoke to lawmakers about the direct impact climate change, specifically toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry, has on public health through the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE).  Gloria shares "methane from the oil and gas industry comes packaged with other pollutants known as volatile organic components, or VOC's.  VOC's are associated with respiratory irritation, skin irritation, and some are carcinogens.  We need our elected officials to support the efforts of EPA to regulate methane emissions, both from new and old sources, from the oil and gas industry."

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