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CHE Partnership call: Why the US Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market: A Conversation with Journalist Elizabeth Grossman
Wed, Dec 9

CHE Partnership call: Environmental Health and Complexity: Exploring the Ecological Model of Health
Fri, Dec 11

CHE Partnership call: Is a Health Study the Answer for Your Community? A Guide for Making Informed Decisions
Tues Jan 26

11/18/15: MP3 recording available: Brain Sex Differences During Gestation: The Role of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

11/12/15: MP3 recording available: Predicting Toxicity: Silent Spring Institute's High Throughput Screens for Chemicals Related to Breast Cancer

11/10/15: MP3 recording available: Community-Based Participatory Research in the Arctic: Sources of Environmental Contaminants on St. Lawrence Island

11/5/15: MP3 recording available: Bringing Public Health to the International Negotiating Table: Environmental Health and the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015

10/30/15: MP3 recording available: Reducing the Burden: International Reproductive Health Leaders Call for Greater Efforts to Prevent Toxic Chemical Exposure, New Opinion from FIGO

10/21/15: MP3 recording available: The Endocrine Society's Second Scientific Statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

10/20/15: MP3 recording available: Responding to Communities: Communicating the Science of TCE and PCE

10/19/15: MP3 recording available: Climate Change and the Release of Contaminants in the Arctic: Current Research and Potential Health Effects

10/13/15: MP3 recording available: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Mutations and Cancer

10/8/15: MP3 recording available: The Price of Pollution: Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in Children


CHE Partners on why they value our work

Science and Civility
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CHE Wants Your Ideas!
New Partner Idea Forum Now Open

We want your ideas! We’re in the process of evaluating various aspects of CHE’s services and initiatives and generating potential new ones. Given we are indeed a collaborative partnership, your innovative suggestions as to what CHE might do (within our mission, below) to address gaps or needs you see in the environmental health field would be genuinely welcome.

To facilitate this, we’re opening this Partner Idea Forum, a platform where you can offer your ideas. This one is interactive in that you can see, respond to and build on other partners’ suggestions.

As a major learning community for the field, CHE wants to do even more to serve our partners around the world. Please take a few to submit your thoughts.

This Partner Idea Forum will stay open only until December 15th, so please get your ideas in soon!

New on CHE's Blog

11/3/15: As breast cancer awareness month comes to an end, Ted Schettler, MD, MPH,
CHE's Science Director, reflects on the role of prevention in a post titled: Breast Cancer Prevention Begins in the Womb. "Breast cancer awareness month may be over but the urgency of breast cancer prevention has never been greater. Comprehensive efforts must begin before conception and continue throughout development and the entire lifespan. There is no single cause and there will not be a single solution," writes Dr. Schettler.

Dr. Schettler is also the author of The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing which makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Download the book for free.

In a related blog post, Dick Clapp, DSc MPH, CHE Partner and member of the ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel, discusses a new scientific report addressing male breast cancer in Marines who had spent time at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina titled: Camp Lejeune Male Breast Cancer Study.

CHE's Quarterly Top 10 List Available

10/7/15: We present the ten most significant news or research stories in environmental health of the last quarter, in CHE’s view. The first three items are statements from major scientific or health organizations summarizing large bodies of research and drawing conclusions about the interaction of our environments and our health. 

Additional items in this list present notable new research, new policy developments, new focus or new thinking on their respective topics.

World Environmental Health Day
September 26, 2015

To commemorate World Environmental Health Day this year and its focus on children’s environment and health, CHE is publishing a series of short essays from partners who are leaders in children’s environmental health:

Dr. Landrigan spoke on a CHE Partnership call: One Pediatrician’s Journey Pioneering the Field of Children’s Environmental Health on Tuesday September 29th. The MP3 recording is now available.

Also in celebration of World Environmental Health Day, CHE has collected photos of children who are extra special to us and who help drive our commitment to our work. See the photo collection, and enjoy the smiling faces of the future.

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.

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 Nov Farms near Lake Erie get millions. Between 2008 and 2015, concentrated animal feeding operations in the western Lake Erie watershed have received more than $16.8 million in direct payments, cost-shares, and other subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Toledo Blade.

30 Nov Use of banned pesticide not isolated event in US territories. Nine months after a vacationing family nearly died from exposure to methyl bromide on the island of St. John, authorities have come to at least one troubling conclusion: The use of the banned pesticide was not an isolated event in U.S. Caribbean territories. Associated Press.

30 Nov What the hunter-gatherers from ?In Defense of Food? can teach us about our diets. At the heart of the new documentary based on Michael Pollan?s best-selling book is the story of a Tanzanian tribe that still eats the way it has for millennia. Civil Eats.

30 Nov Hong Kong's dolphins at risk of disappearing. As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters may disappear altogether. Agence France-Presse.

30 Nov Oil spill from grounded Russian tanker contaminates 3,500 meters of coastline. The Nadezhda oil tanker ran aground near the port city of Nevelsk on Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East on Saturday. Moscow ITAR-TASS.

30 Nov Miner BHP commits to Brazil clean-up as huge suit looms. BHP Billiton renewed its commitment Monday to do all it can to help following the deadly collapse of a waste water dam in Brazil, with the mining giant and partner Vale facing a huge lawsuit. Agence France-Presse.

30 Nov Paris deal would herald an important first step on climate change. President Obama and more than 100 world leaders will convene with thousands of diplomats on Monday on the outskirts of Paris to open two weeks of intense negotiations. Here is a guide to what is at stake. New York Times.

30 Nov More than 200 protesters arrested in Paris clash before climate talks. Frustrated by a ban on demonstrations during international climate talks, hundreds of protesters clashed with police Sunday in Paris? Place de la Republique. Los Angeles Times.

30 Nov Northern China is suffering under a cloud of heavy pollution that is bigger than Spain. As the Paris climate change summit kicks off, China, the world?s leading carbon-emitting country, is choked in pollution. Quartz.

30 Nov Report on health effects of Camp Lejeune water contamination to be released. Government researchers will reveal their findings of the health effects of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune during a public meeting in Florida later this week. Fayetteville Observer.


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