Dr. Stephanie M. Chalupka, Worcester State University

Chalupka Receives Charlotte Brody Award for Work in Environmental Health

April 30, 2012
By: WSU News

The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group, in conjunction with The Luminary Project, has named Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) as the 2012 Recipient of the Charlotte Brody Award.

“Dr. Chalupka’s life work embodies the spirit of the Charlotte Brody Award,” stated Kelli Barber, RN, MN, co-chair of the Nurses Work Group for Health Care Without Harm. “Her work in the field of environmental health spans two decades and includes addressing sustainability in the healthcare setting, educating the public on hazardous environmental exposures, and integrating environmental health concepts into nursing education. The positive impacts of her work are far-reaching – influencing public health policy and promoting the role of nurses in the field of environmental health through the presentation of research. Dr. Chalupka is a phenomenal role model, empowering and leading the nursing commitment to improving environmental health.”

Speaking from Denver where she is attending CleanMed 2012, and where she will receive the award, Chalupka said the recognition is an honor and important to her work with her WSU students. “Through the integration of environmental health into our nurse educators curriculum, we are shaping the next generation of nurses who will think more holistically about the broader determinants of health,” she said.

Examples of some of her latest research includes the following:

  • She and Master of Science in Nursing (Community and Public Health Nursing program) student Mary Moynihan co-authored “Traumatic Nail Gun Injuries in the Workplace,” which was published in the February 2012 issue of Workplace Health and Safety.
  • She is the author of “Soy Isoflavones for the Prevention of Menopausal Symptoms and Bone Loss: A Safe and Effective Alternative to Estrogen” which was published in the November 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
  • She is the author of “Lockout and Tagout Procedures to Prevent Occupational Injury and Fatality,” which was published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.


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