Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland is a project of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR), with the support of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and the Maryland Environmental Health Network and other health professionals concerned about the impacts of fracking.
Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland seeks to amplify the voices of clinicians, researchers, and other health professionals who are concerned about the potential health effects of unconventional natural gas development and production (“fracking”) in Maryland. Studies are now emerging that suggest there are significant adverse health consequences from exposures related to fracking; however, the full nature and extent of the risks to public health will require decades to clarify. Given that there is no credible evidence that a regulatory approach can adequately protect public health and the environment, we oppose any efforts to allow fracking to begin in our state at this time.
Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland provides an online resource for the public, media, policy makers, and other health professionals to learn of the latest research on the health and environmental impacts of fracking and fracking-related activities and infrastructure. We work to engage health professionals across the state in efforts to educate the public and policymakers on these impacts. As part of this effort, speakers are available to make educational presentations to community groups, legislators, and others who have an interest in protecting communities.
Dr. Gina Angiola, MD
Gina Angiola, MD
Gina Angiola is a retired physician who has cared for patients both as a solo-practitioner and in a teaching capacity in obstetrics and gynecology. She is passionately committed to preventing illness by promoting healthy environments and believes that the work of physicians, now more than ever, cannot be limited to the office setting or the operating room. She is the lead campaigner for Chesapeake PSR on issues surrounding unconventional gas development (“fracking”), and supports Chesapeake PSR's work on climate change and clean energy solutions. Dr. Angiola has a BS in Chemistry from MIT and an MD from University of California, Irvine.
Ann Bristow, Ph.D
Ann Bristow is a retired professor of psychology from Frostburg State University (1987-2007). She has been a health volunteer and advocate since high school and has worked with public health departments, providing science-based educational programs, consulting in clinical services and supervising graduate interns. She developed and taught health psychology courses at FSU and chaired the AIDS Alliance of Allegany County for many years. She is committed to utilizing the latest health research to help the general public and practitioners participate in policy decisions and engage in evidence-based practices.
Katie Huffling, RN, CNM
Katie Huffling is a certified nurse-midwife and is the Director of Programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. With the Alliance she directors projects related to environmental health nursing practice, research, education, and policy and advocacy. Ms. Huffling has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental health issues. For the past several years, Ms. Huffling has directed the Alliance’s program to expand nurses’ knowledge of the health impacts of fracking and increase their engagement on this issue.
Rebecca Rehr, MPH
Rebecca Rehr is the Public Health Advocacy Coordinator for the Maryland Environmental Health Network. She holds an MPH from the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Institute for Applied Environmental Health, where she focused on environmental justice and health disparities in Maryland. She then served as an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Fellow in the Office of Children’s Health Protection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, focusing her work on children's environmental health and sustainability. She has worked for both the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rebecca is currently a Commissioner on the Maryland Commission for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities.