2013 Clean Air Ambassador: Maura Flynn

Massachusetts
Clean Air Ambassador | Maynard, ma
Maura A. Flynn, RN
Affiliation:
American Nurses Association
  • The Story
    Behind This Photo

    TO ME, THIS PHOTO MEANS:

    These are my wonderful grandchildren. The county they live in has the second worst air quality in the entire state of Massachusetts, so working as a nurse for clean air isn’t just professional for me—it’s deeply personal.

Massachusetts:
Ambassador  Barbara Smith .
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Ambassador Hilton   Kelley.
Ambassador David   Galarza.
Ambassador Brandi N.  Williams.
Ambassador LaRonn   Harris.

In the First Person:

My grandchildren live in a county that has the second to worst air quality in the state, so this issue and my mission becomes even more important on a personal level.

As a nurse, I am very concerned for the well-being of our communities. Air quality is an essential element of that safety. Pollutants like ozone and fine particulate matter are known to cause harm to human health, and risks increase with long term exposure. Children, the elderly, and other susceptible populations are especially vulnerable.

My grandchildren live in a county that has the second to worst air quality in the state, so this issue and my mission becomes even more important on a personal level. Working in conjunction with health and environmental groups in Massachusetts, I have reached out to both state and federal officials to ensure that we have the best possible laws, rules, and policies to protect the health of residents. Public awareness is an import part of the outreach, and I have engaged the public in dialogue through targeted events and social media.

Messages of Support:

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