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CHE Partnership call: The Longest Swim: A Journey Across the Pacific to Raise Awareness About Plastic Pollution
Wed, Aug 5
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group


Note: CHE will host no additional calls in August. We will resume our normal call schedule in September. You can access the call archives to listen to MP3 recordings from past calls.

CHE Partnership call: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Cancer as Development Gone Awry
Thurs, September 10
Hosted by the CHE Cancer Working Group


7/29/15: MP3 recording available: The Myth of Herbicide Safety in Alaska: How Herbicides Threaten the Health of Fish, Wildlife and People

7/21/15: MP3 recording available: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Assessing the Carcinogenic Potential of Low-Dose Exposures to Chemical Mixtures in the Environment

7/14/15: MP3 recording available: Towards a New Global Commission on Environmental Pollution

7/9/15: MP3 recording available: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects: A Conversation with Stanton Glantz, PhD

6/30/15: MP3 recording available: News from the US EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program

6/23/15: MP3 recording available: Gestational Diabetes and Environmental Chemical Exposure

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From the CHE blog: Your Health the Week of July 20th

In this week's post, we look at three studies which provide evidence that exercise affects several aspects of health, sometimes in combination with other factors.. CHE is publishing this regular series that summarizes and highlights recent Your Health items and trends. Readers can follow CHE’s Your Health news feed or subscribe via RSS.

CHE quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

7/6/15: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the second quarter of 2015. Items include research that made a noteworthy contribution to the field, news and announcements that took a conversation to a new level, and/or new audience and some welcome action. This quarter's selections include the Pope's contribution to the climate change discussion, a study relating DDT exposure in pregnancy to breast cancer rates in daughters, the US House's efforts to pass TSCA reform, and others. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

Special offer for CHE Partners: CHE Partners can now purchase the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Toms River, from Island Press at a 20% discount

7/13/15: The true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and has been hailed by The New York Times as "a new classic of science reporting." Now available in paperback with a new afterword by acclaimed author Dan Fagin, the book masterfully blends hard-hitting investigative journalism, scientific discovery, and unforgettable characters. Enter code 4CHE when ordering.

Dr. Philip Lee, CHE's Chair, reflects on health and healthcare

7/6/15: Dr. Philip Lee is a living legend of American health policy, and has recently reflected on his decades of tireless work in a new article, "Battling for the Right Health Policy, Then and Now" published in Generations. But with respect to CHE, he has long been a mentor and adviser to some of CHE's co-founders, and readily agreed to serve as CHE's chairmain from the start of the organization over 10 years ago. His experience, wisdom, and good counsel--not to mention his prestige--has been invaluable. Now 90 years old, he reflects on some of his involvement in a number of crucial national health issues.

Steve Heilig, MPH, CHE Director of Public Health and Education, and Director of Public Health and Education, San Francisco Medical Society, wrote about Dr. Lee for the Huffington Post in 2013 in an article titled "Health Policy Gurus Gather: The UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at 40".

A Story of Health

New 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. How do different aspects of our environment interact with our genes to influence our health across the lifespan? Through the lives of fictional characters, the first three stories explore multiple factors that can contribute to childhood leukemia, asthma, and learning and developmental disabilities. You can download the entire book or individual chapters featuring research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Stories on additional health endpoints are forthcoming. 

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. For example, 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.

If you have not yet taken a look at A Story of Health we encourage you to do so now. Read it with your family, and share it with your friends and colleagues. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it draws from the latest research available. You can also listen to the CHE Partnership calls featuring Stephen's story/childhood leukemia and Brett's story/asthma.

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).

San Francisco Medical Society journal focuses on environmental health

11/10/14: San Francisco Medicine (SFM), which has been in continuous publication since 1927, is the official journal of the San Francisco Medical Society. Each issue of SFM focuses on a specific topic that affects physicians and their practices, including public health, social, political, economic, and lifestyle issues.The most recent edition of the journal focuses on environmental health and features an article titled The First 1000 Days: A Healthy Return on Investment co-authored by Elise Miller, MEd, CHE's Director, and Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director at SEHN and at CHE, as well as many other articles that will be of interest to CHE Partners. Visit the San Francisco Medical's Society website to read the full edition.


 
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

CHE regularly highlights the work of our Partners here in our Partner Spotlight.

Vi Waghiyi is a St. Lawrence Island Yupik mother and grandmother, Native Village of Savoonga Tribal Member, and Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), which is also the organizational host of CHE's Alaska Working Group. In this CHE Partner Spotlight, Vi discusses her work addressing environmental contamination and its impact on human health in Alaska.

What inspired you to begin working in the field of environmental health, and in your current work in particular?

I am a Yupik mother of four boys and a grandmother from Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, located in the northern Bering Sea. Our people have maintained a traditional culture of reliance on traditional foods from the land and sea that provide physical, cultural, and spiritual sustenance.

I learned about the high levels of PCBs in our people in a news article in the Anchorage Daily News when I was a stay-at-home mom. This touched me personally because so many family members and friends from my community, including my parents, have suffered and died of cancer. I have had three miscarriages. I am inspired by this awareness and what I have come to learn about the contamination from military and distant sources and making the connection with the illnesses suffered by my people. I was brought up in a culture of caring where people work together. We were wronged by the US military and corporations that have contaminated my people without our consent. We are the victims of environmental violence. This goes against my culture and upbringing. I am inspired to hold the military and other polluters accountable and to achieve justice. I am inspired to work for the health and well-being of my people and our future generations.

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EHN News
30 Jul Solutions: West Coast wastewater plant chooses trees over technology. Forget the fancy machinery: Oregon wastewater plant?s warm water discharges offset by restoring riverside. But not everyone is on board. Environmental Health News.

30 Jul Is there Glyphosate in breast milk? Last spring, Moms Across America paid to have ten women?s breast milk tested for glyphosate, the United States? most widely used weed-killer. According to the NGO's founder and director Zen Honeycutt, the testing was not intended to be a scientific study, but rather a small, pilot effort undertaken in hopes of prompting further research. Civil Eats.

30 Jul Vietnam floods kill 17 and threaten to pollute Ha Long Bay. Environmental groups said that waste from coal mines could damage the northern bay, a Unesco World Heritage site famous for its steep limestone islands. New York Times.

30 Jul Remembering Jack Gibbons, the rarest of U.S. science advisors. John H. (Jack) Gibbons ? renowned physicist, former presidential science advisor, and lifelong energy efficiency champion ? died on July 17 at the age of 86. He was the rarest of scientists, and, I believe, the only person in U.S. history to be the chief science and technology advisor to both Congress (1979-1992) and then the White House (1993-1998). Think Progress.

30 Jul Rio Olympics 2016: Guanabara Bay pollution in pictures. The Rio government promised to clean 80 percent of pollution and waste from the bay in time for the games but admits that goal now is unlikely to be reached. New York Newsday.

30 Jul Toledo curtails testing as microcystin levels rise. Though the amount of microcystin present in raw Lake Erie water near Toledo?s water-system intake Wednesday was double the amount detected two days earlier, city officials announced they planned to scale back testing for the toxin. Toledo Blade.

30 Jul Groundwater districts seek help tracking disposal wells. As oilfield waste disposal wells proliferate in Texas, groundwater managers are keenly interested in where they're going and how carefully they construct them. And they're asking the industry and regulators for further help. Texas Tribune.

30 Jul China: As water demands grow sharply, supply is shrinking. China has 20 percent of the world's population, and 7 percent of its fresh water. As pressure mounts, officials are pushing conservation reforms such as reforestation and water taxes ? and diverting water from the south to the north. Christian Science Monitor.

30 Jul The search for sustainable plastics. As petroleum-based polymers foul our oceans and litter our lives, researchers seek more environmentally friendly ways to meet demand for durable, versatile materials. Ensia.

30 Jul Scientists find link between BPA and prostate cancer in 'organoid' research. A link between a plastics chemical and prostate cancer has been demonstrated in an "organoid" grown from embryonic stem cells. Press Association.

 

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