Catherine Dodd PhD, RN discusses the latest science on how environmental contaminants contribute to breast cancer risk and what we can do on a personal and policy level to limit harmful exposures. Nurses and community health aides have an important role in helping Alaskans make healthy choices to eliminate contaminants in their homes that are linked to cancer. Health care professionals can also contribute greatly to advancing policies that will protect environmental health. On this call, Dr. Catherine Dodd, RN, a nationally renowned leader in breast cancer prevention talks about steps individuals, institutions, and communities can take to reduce the incidence of breast cancer.
Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN,. Catherine has worked in the areas of health policy and politics for more than 25 year and brings her significant expertise in the health care system as an RN, health administrator and health policy expert to her current work as a health systems consultant. From 2009 until 2017, Catherine served as the director of the City and County of San Francisco Health Service System, where she negotiated and administered health benefits for more than 112,000 county, school district and community college district employees and their dependents. Her distinguished career also includes serving as Region IX Director of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Clinton and as District Chief of Staff to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Her civic and community involvement includes service on numerous boards over the years including the Breast Cancer Fund, the Glide Foundation, The Homeless Prenatal Program and the Zen Hospice Project. Currently she serves as chair of the board of directors of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and as a board member of Commonweal. Dr. Dodd has a bachelor of science in nursing, a master’s of science in Community Health Administration, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California San Francisco.