Susan Wilburn, Sustainability Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, HCWH.  Susan is an occupational & environmental health specialist (fields of study: nursing, public health, epidemiology).

Wilburn_2013Prior to joining HCWH she worked at the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva for eight years, where she coordinated the “greening hospitals” initiative, as well as the Protecting Health Workers – Preventing Needlestick Injuries project. She also led the development of the WHO-ILO global framework for national occupational health programs for health workers.

Prior to working at WHO, Susan was a nursing consultant to the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, coordinating the joint WHO/ICN Needlestick Prevention Project in Tanzania, South Africa and Vietnam. Susan has worked as the Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health at the American Nurses Association where she led ANA’s involvement in Hospitals for Healthy Environment (H2E), a project precursor to HCWH’s U.S. implementation arm, Practice Greenhealth, as well as the RN No Harm project to build capacity among nurses for environmental health and chemical safety.

Prior to engaging in health policy, she worked for fifteen years in clinical nursing, public health and critical care.

Susan received her BScNursing from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and an MPH from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the author of multiple articles and chapters on protecting health care workers from occupational hazards and communities from the environmental health impact of health care activities.