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CHE Partners and staff have formed several initiatives -- working groups, listservs, regional groups and a training program -- based on specific issues relating to environmental connections to health.

What are CHE working groups and listservs?

CHE working and regional groups are led by one or more CHE Partners who are willing to take a leadership role in the group. You must be a CHE Partner in order to join CHE working groups, regional groups, and listservs.

Activities of a working or regional group typically involves periodic conference calls with leading scientists addressing topics of interest and concern to the group, as well as email interaction via the group's listserv, and possibly additional opportunities that serve the goals of the particular group. Activities of a working group are primarily driven by the time, energy, experience, and expertise of the Partners who join, as well as access to funding for working group activities. CHE provides administrative support to all working group activities.

All working groups include an active listserv where Partners can post new science and dialogue with one another about issues of concern. For some working groups, the listserv is their primary activity (as listed with a * below). If any working group functioning primarily as a listserv wants to expand its activities, active working group Partners are welcome to email info@healthandenvironment.org to discuss the possible coordination of additional group activities, such as teleconferences with leading scientists, in-person events, or the publication of materials.

Each group is listed below, with links for more details and descriptions. If you are interested in joining one of our groups and are currently a CHE Partner, please contact us at info@healthandenvironment.org. Also please take a moment to read the working group listserv guidelines—CHEtiquette—below. Feel free to direct any questions about the time commitments or group focus to the working or regional group coordinator. If you have an idea for a new working group, please contact Elise Miller, CHE director, at elise@healthandenvironment.org.

Working groups

Asthma *

Autism *

Breast Cancer


Children's Health (ICEH) *

Climate Change

Cumulative Impacts Working Group

Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

Fertility/Reproductive Health

Healthy Aging and the Environment Initiative

Integrative Health *

Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI) *

Mental Health *

Neurodegenerative Diseases *

Pet *

Science *

Database *

* Working groups with a listserv as a primary activity: if a Partner or group of Partners wants to suggest or spearhead an activity beyond any of the groups' listservs listed below CHE is interested in hearing from you. Please email info@healthandenvironment.org with your ideas and availability to assist with implementation of new activities.

Regional Groups:

Alaska State (CHE-AK)

Oregon State (CHE-OR)

Washington State (CHE-WA)


CHEtiquette -- A few words about CHE  listservs

CHE is designed to be a safe and constructive space for all CHE Partners to work collectively to raise the level of public and professional dialogue about environmental health. Our primary mission is to share emerging science related to exposures to contaminants as well as other factors that can impact human and ecological health. The breadth and diversity of the CHE Partnership, and its deep commitment to civility and mutual respect, make CHE unique. CHE can offer a space for open, investigative scientific discussion and debate on its listservs because civility and mutual respect are the cornerstones of our dialogue. Our focus on science-related posts helps keep listserv conversations productive and in line with CHE’s mission.

CHEtiquette on our working group listervs involves more than civility. Below are some additional guidelines for participating in these listservs:

  • To promote dialogue and creative thinking, please respect the wide diversity of CHE Partners and stay focused on the science and closely related issues. Use the privilege of the CHE listservs sparingly. Please always prioritize civility over content.
  • To reduce clutter in all our inboxes, please respond to the individual and not the entire list unless your comment furthers the dialogue. Take detailed conversations on a specific issue/point offline.
  • Similarly, if you have a message that you wish to share with more than one listserv, please send each message separately so that replies are not compounded with each new addition to the conversation.
  • To enable us all to focus on conversations where our interests lie, please write a clear and specific subject line. When you forward something or change the topic of the discussion, change the subject line to match the point of your message. Remove unnecessary text and quote only the section of text to which you are responding.
  • To allow partners to help each other efficiently, please indicate what research you have already done (e.g. Medline, Google Scholar, etc) when posing a question to a list.
  • To respect the space limitations of internet servers in general, please do not send unnecessary attachments through the listserv. Instead, send URLs when available.
  • To honor our primary interest in highlighting emerging science, please do not send petitions or other sign-on requests to the listservs. Note that CHE, as an organization, does not advocate for or against any specific legislation. Calls for comments and for science-based input on policy and issues, such as those posted by governmental agencies, are welcome and appreciated,. When posting such calls please refrain from suggesting a specific position comments should take. If you have a question regarding whether a certain request is appropriate for distribution please contact info@healthandenvironment.org first.
  • CHE's core mission is to bring attention to emerging science that is relevant to environmental impacts on human health. In addition to this primary service, we have decided to occasionally post to CHE's listservs Your Health selections (also referred to as "News You Can Use") which you may find are directly useful to your health and the health of your community. Additionally, Brave New World posts will focus primarily on the interface of technology and health as well as on other developments of concern that might have implications for environmental health.
  • Please do not advertise products or services on any CHE listserv.
  • Please remember that CHE Working Group correspondence may only be forwarded or posted elsewhere if all personal commentary has been removed from the original post. To forward personal commentary explicit permission of the author must first be obtained.
  • Please send any administrative messages solely to CHE’s administrative e-mail: info@healthandenvironment.org, and not to the group. All CHE listservs have clear instructions for updating your email address and adding or removing yourself from a list.


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