Online Program

Environmental Health: What School Nurses Need to Know



Cost: $ 20.00

Contact Hours 1.0


After viewing the presentation, the participant will be able to

1)  Identify how environmental exposures impact neurodevelopment.

2) Identify strategies you can use to reduce environmental exposures in school communities.


Julia Varshavsky, PhD, MPH
Dr. Varshavsky is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Northeastern University. Julia studies modifiable environmental exposures, with a focus on endocrine disrupting chemicals and maternal-child health outcomes in susceptible and highly exposed populations. Julia’s research agenda also includes systematic review, advancing risk assessment, community-engaged research, and bridging the gap between health and sustainability. Before Northeastern, Julia served as a research scientist for the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and as a postdoctoral scholar for UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), where she conducted biologically-based population-level studies on exposure and health risks associated with endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs), and organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs). Specifically, her recent work highlights maternal-fetal exposure to PBDEs, PFASs, and OPFRs during mid-gestation in relation to biomarkers of placental development and disease that are associated with maternal and fetal health complications. Julia earned her MPH and PhD in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Her dissertation research focused on developing methods for characterizing disparities in, and evaluating dietary sources of, cumulative phthalates exposure. Prior to graduate school, Julia facilitated scientific dialogue and research translation for health professionals, patient health advocates, and policy makers on developmental impacts of environmental contaminants as the Fertility/Reproductive Health Working Group coordinator for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). With diverse experiences across academia, the non-profit sector, and regulatory agencies, Julia is committed to conducting science with a real-world impact.
Emily Zimmerman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Zimmerman is an Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northeastern University. She directs the Speech & Neurodevelopment Lab, which examines the cross-section of sucking, feeding and speech emergence across environmental, maternal, physiological, and genetic factors. Dr. Zimmerman is the Principal investigator on several NIH grants examining these themes across patient populations.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Continuing Education Information:

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Provider Number 2016U018

Participants successfully completing this program will receive a statement of credit for contact hours. Statements of Credit may be printed on-line after successful completion of the learning assessment.

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