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CHE's NextGen Project

10/20/16: Over the summer, CHE began looking forward to our next generation of leaders working on environmental toxicants and public health. In the last four months, we have mentored undergraduates and graduates from two institutions in understanding the ecological nature of our environment. These students have contributed to our new website by synthesizing the latest research available on the health impacts of environmental exposures and translating complex scientific findings into educational web pages. Look for more information on their contribution when our website launches next month!

CHE-WA Coordinator Receives 2016 Public Health Leadership Award

10/17/16: CHE-Washington coordinator Gail Gensler was recently awarded the 2016 Washington State Public Health Association’s Public Health Leadership Award. As the co-founder and leader of CHE-Washington’s Children’s Environmental Health Working Group, Gail successfully grew this volunteer group to over 200 members across 110 organizations. Their accomplishments include hosting several successful conferences, creating important educational materials and changing school policies around environmental exposures. This working group continues to offer a dynamic forum for discussing the science on children’s environmental health and what we can do to better protect children’s health. 

1st Children's Environmental Health Day

10/1/2016: CHE Partner, the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), has announced the establishment of an annual Children’s Environmental Health Day (CEH Day). 2016 Children’s Environmental Health Day will be held on Thursday, October 13. CEH Day is intended to raise awareness about children’s environmental health nationally.

World Environmental Health Day

9/23/2016: Every year on September 26, the International Federation of Environmental Health celebrates World Environmental Health Day. This year’s theme is ‘Tobacco control…a response to the global tobacco pandemic’. To bring awareness to this topic, CHE has showcased a blog posting from Stanton Glantz, PhD, professor and researcher with the University of California’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, focused on how e-cigarettes are expanding the tobacco epidemic. As Dr. Glantz makes clear, new technologies are not necessarily the answer to 6 million tobacco-related deaths that occur globally every year.

Toxipedia to Merge with CHE

9/16/2016: We are very pleased to announce that Toxipedia's wealth of resources is being integrated into CHE's greatly expanded and updated website to be launched soon. Brain child of long-time CHE partner Steve G. Gilbert, PhD, Toxipedia has tens of thousands of visitors a month seeking information on the impact of toxic chemicals on our health, the history of toxicology, practical solutions and much more. Look for more announcements about our new website in the coming weeks!

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.

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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20 Oct Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns. Africa?s air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India, a study by a global policy forum has found. The Guardian.

20 Oct Where women with Zika fear prison. In El Salvador, abortion?suspected or real?could carry a 50-year sentence. National Geographic News.

20 Oct Zika disrupts DNA to impair brain development. Zika virus?s tricks for interfering with human brain cell development may also be the virus?s undoing. Science News.

20 Oct Soda industry tries to woo public health groups with sponsorship deals. As the soda industry gears up to spend $9.5 million to oppose the soda tax proposals in San Francisco, Oakland, Calif, and Albany, Calif., critics point out the industry has also been wooing public health groups with sponsorship deals. All Things Considered.

20 Oct US EPA bows to chemical industry in delay of glyphosate cancer review. EPA Scientific Advisory Panel meetings, called to look at potential glyphosate ties to cancer, were "postponed" just four days before they were to begin Oct. 18, after intense lobbying by the agrichemical industry. Huffington Post.

20 Oct Bringing nature back to cities is good for plants, animals and humans. Urban rewilding is about conservation, but it?s also about reconnecting people with the natural world. Ensia.

20 Oct Climate change killing region's water resources, UN warns. One of East Africa's most important sources of water is drying up due to the impact of climate change on Mt Kilimanjaro, the United Nations Environment Programme warned on Wednesday. Nairobi Daily Nation.

20 Oct Healthy eating in America: Are we really changing the way we eat? Consumers are bombarded with a plethora of healthy food products these days. But does all of this innovation mean Americans are actually eating and living healthier? Not necessarily, say researchers. Triple Pundit.

20 Oct CDC's new Miami Zika 'red zone' means stay out for pregnant women. Federal health officials have made a new color-coded map for Miami and say pregnant women should stay out of the "red zone" ? where Zika virus is actively infecting new people daily. NBC News.

20 Oct UN fears more cholera in Haiti after storm, with protests slowing relief. The scale of a cholera outbreak in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew may be underreported because remote areas are cut off, a United Nations official in charge of controlling the disease said on Tuesday, adding protests over slow aid made the problem worse. Reuters.


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