hours of Professional Development
5.5 hours Face to Face,4 hours pre-workshop, 2.5 hours post-workshop
Facilitated by Earth Ethics
This workshop consists of four sessions, each is focused
on the interconnection of human health with environmental and community
health. In this workshop, participants will examine the roots of Western
medicine and how it has evolved in an industrial society and will be
encouraged to explore health as a dynamic relationship between humans
and the environments in which they live. They will review where personal
health and the environment intersect as well as how we define health and
how that understanding informs our individual and collective well-being.
The importance of food, diet and the global food systems impact on
personal and community health will be discussed. An overview of toxic
chemicals in our daily lives and the health risks associated with that
exposure and the quality and safety of local tap water will be reviewed.
This workshop will be taught as a group-facilitated discussion, and
broken into four sessions. Each sessions readings will be supported by
additional resources, including web resources, videos, and other
suggested materials for use in the classroom. (This is part one of a
two-part workshop series.)
how diseases can be corollaries of our civilization
several definitions of health
how environment and human health intersect
the precautionary principle
the impacts of the industrial food system on personal, collective and
hidden costs of ‘cheap” food
health impacts of food packaging
toxic chemicals that are common in daily life and their health and
ways of reducing exposure to toxins in consumer products
-Develop a curriculum component
related to the relationship of human health and environmental health
Participants must attend ALL
4 sessions and complete all requirements to earn 12 FPD credits,
partial credit will not be awarded. Evaluation will include completion
of assigned readings prior to sessions two through four - minimum of
four hours – and completion of workshop. Finally, participant must
develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course module that
incorporates key concepts of this workshop. Lesson plan is due to the
director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the end of the
workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.
has served as director of the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) since 2004.
Ms. Ahern-Hettich has served on several boards and committees including:
Environmental Education Providers of Miami-Dade County, Advisory
Committee of South Florida Environmental Art Project, Inc.; Economic,
Social and Health Issues Committee of the Miami-Dade County Climate
Change Advisory Task Force, Be Healthy Board, and City of Miami Green
Mike Matthews has
served as EEI Program Professional for InterAmerican Campus since 2012.
Matthews holds an M.S. in environmental studies from Florida
International University. He has taught on the faculty of Florida Gulf
Coast University’s Marine and Ecological Sciences Department and as an
adjunct professor at Florida International University.
Netiva Kolitz has
served as EEI Program Professional at Kendall Campus since 2012. Ms.
Kolitz holds a B.S. in Psychology, and has completed graduate course
work in Environmental Studies and Education. She has more than 10 years
of experience in program coordination, environmental education, and
public outreach. Ms. Kolitz worked in the Education Department of
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Alison Walker is EEI
Program Professional at Wolfson Campus. She has worked in environmental
education, community outreach, and professional development for more
than 12 years as an adjunct professor, and at Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden and the US Department of Agriculture. Ms. Walker received her
B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant Sciences from University of Florida.
Stephen Nesvacil is
EEI Program Professional at North Campus. Mr. Nesvacil served as
Chaplain Emeritus at Unity on the Bay and developed and facilitated The
Green Intention Workshop as part of a process to participate in the
Unity Worldwide Ministries EarthCare Program. In addition, Nesvacil is
certified to facilitate “The 21-Day Q Process,” an integrated cognitive
shadow-work practice that weaves together the latest research emerging
from neurobiology, developmental psychology, family systems theory,
attachment theory, quantum science and perennial spiritual wisdom.