Trees for Transformation
Lower levels of exposure to the greenness of trees and other plants have been associated with lower birth weights, kidney disease, liver cancer, respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease risk, depression, obesity, crime and violence. Higher levels of greenness has been positively associated with social interaction, physical activity, and resilience. Unfortunately the presence of trees and greenness is not equitably accessible. Trees and other plants provide ecosystem services through preventing storm water runoff, decrease heating and cooling costs, reducing noise pollution and filter the air. Some estimates are that for each dollar spent on trees, two dollars and 25 cents are returned. This does not include indirect health benefits.
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I am an assistant professor at Capstone College of Nursing. I have over eight years of experience in nursing, including work in behavioral, community, and global health. I received my bachelor of science in nursing from University of Nebraska, an Master of Science in Nursing Education from Daemen College, and my Doctorate in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. I focus on nursing and environmental health through research that links ecosystem based adaptation with the resilience of vulnerable communities living with structural and contextual inequality and cumulative trauma. I collaborate with communities in developing innovative ways to improve the natural environment of communities. Specifically, my research focuses on the levels of vegetation (plants) remotely measured from space and relationships with physiological stress response and resilience.