Dr. Cantu receives national award for environmental efforts

Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., RN

Adelita G. Cantu, Ph.D., RN, associate professor of nursing at UT Health San Antonio, has received the Charlotte Brody Award from Health Care Without Harm, a health coalition that seeks to reduce the environmental footprint of health care worldwide.

The award is named for Charlotte Brody, a registered nurse, environmental activist and founder of Health Care Without Harm. It recognizes nurses who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health.

As associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing, Dr. Cantu has a passion for strengthening community health services, assessments and intervention. She has researched and published on such topics as environmental justice in Texas border colonias and other communities, ecosystems and watersheds.

Dr. Cantu received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word, her master’s from Texas Woman’s University and her Ph.D. in 2006 from UT Health San Antonio.


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