Jessica LeClair

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Jessica LeClair, MPH, R.N., is a clinical faculty member and Ph.D. student with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, where she integrates climate change and planetary health curriculum into undergraduate and graduate nursing education. LeClair has more than 13 years of experience as a public health nurse with the Ho-Chunk Nation and Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC), where she co-authored the PHMDC Climate and Health Profile and provided a range of public health services, while also working on population-level equity issues.

In 2011, LeClair received the Badger Bioneer award from Sustain Dane for building community resilience in southwest Madison. She has worked as a Public Health Educator for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Climate and Health Program, where she co-authored the WI Climate and Health Adaptation Plan (CHAP), launched the Health Equity Action Team to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the CHAP, and provided the WI Tribal Health Directors Association with an analysis of their baseline climate and health preparedness. LeClair co-chairs the Sustainable Madison Committee for the City of Madison.

Previous service includes co-chairing the Climate and Health Section for the Wisconsin Public Health Association and co-chairing the Global Nurses Climate Change Committee for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She researches nursing strategies that promote environmental justice.