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Health Care Without Harm Announces Winner of Charlotte Brody Nursing Award
March 21, 2011, 12:52 pm
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(Washington, DC) Health Care Without Harm is pleased to announce Karen Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S, as the 2011 recipient of the Charlotte Brody Award.

Karen Bowman is a native of Seattle and has been advocating for human and environmental health in the Pacific Northwest for over two decades. She has an Advanced Practice Degree in Community Health Systems with a special focus in Occupational and Environmental Health. Ms. Bowman is the owner of Karen Bowman & Associates, Inc, which assists clients with health and safety compliance, regulatory and wellness education and onsite health care services, along with environmental health advocacy for the global community.  She is the past president of the Washington State Chapter of the Association of Occupational Health Nurses and is certified as an occupational health nurse specialist. Karen teaches Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington-Bothell.  She is chair of the Nurses’ work group for Health Care Without Harm.

The Charlotte Brody Award was created in 2006 by HCWH and The Luminary Project in honor of a lifelong advocate for social change, a registered nurse and activist who has spent her life making the world a safer place for people around the world. The award recognizes a nurse’s endeavors towards “brilliantly lighting the way to a healthier environment and inspiring other nurses to do the same.”

Ms. Bowman has contributed extensively to environmental health nursing through clinical practice, public education, political advocacy, publication, and professional service. Karen precepts nursing and environmental science students from Seattle University, Western Washington University and the University of Washington in environmental health policy and advocacy, giving students “hands-on” experience in the legislative arena where they learn that one person can actually make a difference. Her position as the Environmental Health Specialist for the Washington State Nurses Association strategically places her in a prime position to advocate for State and Federal environmental health legislation such as the PBDE Ban, the Children’s Safe Product Act, and the Safe Baby Bottle Act banning Bisphenol A in Washington State.  She is currently advocating for Federal Legislation reforming the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976.

In her spare time, Karen loves getting into trouble with her friends, loves to travel, and is preparing for her third triathlon.

The Charlotte Brody Award is sponsored by the HCWH Nurses Workgroup in conjunction with the Luminary Project, which is an effort to capture the illuminating stories of nurses’ activities to improve human health by improving the health of the environment. The Luminary Project is the collaboration of the Nurses Workgroup of Health Care Without Harm and the nurses and nursing organizations who are the Guiding Lights and Beacons for this Project.

The award will be presented at CleanMed, the international conference for health care sustainability, in Phoenix, AZ, in April 2011.

HCWH is an international coalition of more than 430 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on HCWH, see


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