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A Story of Health is Filling the Gap in Environmental Health Literacy

8/1/2016: The award-winning multi-media eBook and online CE course, A Story of Health, has received further recognition in today’s publication of Environmental Health Perspectives. CHE and its partners launched the first three chapters of the eBook last year and expect to release the next chapter, focused on reproductive health, soon. In the past year, A Story of Health online CE course offered by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has received three times more registrations than the next most popular course that ATSDR offers. The eBook is usable by parents and individuals who have no formal training in science or medicine, but it also has layers of additional information and materials for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who want to dig deeper. Click here to see the eBook.

CHE Partnership Calls on Break

8/1/2016: During the month of August, we will not host any new partnership calls nor publish our monthly e-newsletter. We will post our fall call lineup closer to the end of August. To listen to any of our previous calls, covering the latest environmental science, please visit our call archives. In the last 5 years, our calls have been downloaded over 300,000+ times!

First Alaskan Children’s Environmental Health Summit: Oct 5-6, 2016

8/1/2016: CHE Partner Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is organizing a Children’s Environmental Health Summit – the first of its kind in Alaska – on October 5 and 6, 2016 at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. The purpose of the summit is to bring together scientists, Alaska Native tribal and community leaders, health care professionals, parents, policy makers, teachers, students, and children’s advocates to discuss the latest science about the health disparities experienced by children of Alaska and the Arctic and to develop recommendations to protect the health of children at the top of the world. To find out more, see ACAT’s announcement.

EDCs and Metabolic Disease in Children

7/13/2016: CHE Core Advisory committee members Karin Russ, MS, RN, and Sarah Howard, MS, have just published “Developmental Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and Metabolic Changes in Children” in the journal, Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. This review summarizes the epidemiological evidence linking environmental exposures during early development and metabolic outcomes in infancy and childhood. See the publication for a summary of resources available for health care providers to support patients in reducing chemical exposures and for policy recommendations to improve public health.

Europe’s Dark Cloud: Coal dust kills 23,000 per year

7/8/2016: This week, CHE partner the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and several other organizations based in the European Union released a new report titled, ‘Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick’. Read the report to learn more about the health costs associated with individual coal power plants in 28 EU countries and how coal pollution travels geographically. In addition to the report, see video presentations from leading experts in health and research on HEAL's webpage. Also see news coverage at phys.org.

Gas Production, Air Quality, and Community Health

7/6/2016: “When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities,” a community-based research report, was just published. For two years, residents in a town in Wyoming collaborated with researchers, environmental experts, and health experts to test their air quality and the burden of chemicals circulating in their bodies with the suspicion that local oil and gas production activities were polluting their air. The study develops new methods for combined air and biomonitoring, assesses health hazards of the chemicals found, and provides policy recommendations for protection of workers and their communities.

New Scientific Consensus Statement Released on Neurotoxic Chemicals

7/1/2016: An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts, and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that the latest scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. The alliance, known as Project TENDR, released a Consensus Statement today calling for immediate action to significantly reduce exposures to toxic chemicals to protect brain development for current and future generations. CHE and many partner organizations have been involved in TENDR since its inception in 2014. See full press release, consensus statement, and background materials on the project’s website. Also of note, CHE will be holding a partnership call on Project TENDR and the Consensus Statement on July 12. To join the call, RSVP here.

New Features on EPA’s EJSCREEN: A focus on vulnerable populations

6/16/2016: The EPA released the latest version of EJSCREEN, a screening and mapping tool focused on issues of environmental justice. This tool highlights locations that have disproportionate burdens of environmental pollution and populations that are more vulnerable to exposures. New features include environmental indicators for cancer risk and respiratory disease, scalable maps, map side-by-side comparison, and the addition of Puerto Rico. If you want to learn more about this tool, its design, and how to use it, register for a free informational webinar. CHE will be listening too!

TSCA Reform Bill Signed into Law

6/23/2016: Many CHE partners have been working for years to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 in order to strengthen public health protection from harmful toxic chemical exposures. On June 22 the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law. Though CHE doesn’t work directly on legislation, the emerging environmental health science that we continuously highlight through our conference calls, listservs, social media, etc. has served as the basis for pressing for the overhaul of TSCA. For more information about the implications of the Act, here are two different analyses: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Environmental Defense Fund. See our call page to learn more about our upcoming Partnership call!

A Story of Health

Multimedia eBook
receives high praise

4/23/15: Your health. The environment. What’s the story? CHE and partners have created A Story of Health multimedia eBook to investigate just that.

The eBook is usable by parents and individuals who have no formal training in science or medicine, but it also has layers of additional information and materials for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who want to dig deeper. In fact, free continuing education credits are available for health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

A Story of Health has received high praise from health leaders across the country. Brian Linde, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, said, “This is a fantastic resource. It is compelling, educational, and engaging, and will absolutely make a difference.” Lawrence Rosen, MD, Founder of The Whole Child Center, added, “A Story of Health is the most engaging and compelling environmental health resource I’ve experienced. I recommend it for all who care our planet and the impact we have on its health—and vice versa.” Read more testimonials about the value of A Story of Health.

A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA), and the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).


 
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EHN News
30 Aug 10 things you need to know about the new U.S. chemicals law. The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans? health and environment. Here's what it does ? and doesn?t ? do. Ensia.

30 Aug Their soil toxic, 1,100 Indiana residents scramble to find new homes. In a situation echoing the crisis in Flint, Mich., a housing complex?s poor, mostly black residents are being resettled because of high lead and arsenic levels. New York Times.

30 Aug In addition to lead, Oregon schools face a plethora of other environmental concerns. Lead and radon have gotten all the attention recently, but experts say it?s often not the obvious issues that effect the largest number of kids. Oregon Public Broadcasting.

30 Aug This food bank doesn?t want your junk food. Good. DC?s largest food bank is joining a handful of others in saying no to the salty, sugary, and fatty foods that will create a double tragedy for the hungry: driving up chronic disease in people who can?t afford healthy food. Vox.

30 Aug Maryland settles lawsuit with power plant operators alleging nitrogen pollution. The owners of two Maryland power plants in the Washington suburbs will pay $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging illegal releases of nitrogen into rivers, a leading cause of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Washington Post.

30 Aug Could this be the real cause of snoring? New research suggests snoring is most likely caused by a combination of tiredness and exposure to traffic fumes. New Zealand Herald.

30 Aug The $8 trillion fight over how to rid America of fossil fuel. Economists agree it can be done, but differ on how much it will cost. Bloomberg News.

30 Aug The challenge of cutting coal dependence. The resistance that Germany has faced underscores the difficulty in the international effort to reduce fossil fuels in the world?s energy supply. New York Times.

30 Aug Maryland fines coal power plants $1 million for polluting Potomac, Patuxent rivers. Maryland is fining the owner of two of the state's largest coal power plants $1 million for dumping too much nitrogen into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers, one of the largest penalties state environmental regulators have levied in years. Baltimore Sun.

30 Aug More parents believe vaccines are ?unnecessary,? while a mumps outbreak grows. A survey published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that more and more moms and dads are refusing the shots for their children. Washington Post.

 

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