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Food Matters: A Clinical Education and Advocacy Program

What Clinicians Need to Know About Food for:
Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Families and a Healthy Planet

Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
5700 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
The Library

Saturday, March 5, 2011
8:15 am - 1:15 pm  /  lunch provided

Register at www.HealthyFoodinHealthcare.org

Confronting Toxics Webinar Series: Chemical Policy and the Healthcare Professional

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
3:00 PM Eastern time

Physicians for Social Responsibility will launch its Confronting Toxics Webinar Series on 1/26/11, 3:00 PM Eastern time, with a federal policy overview from Richard Denison PhD, Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, and Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition. Join us to learn how health professionals can get involved in strengthening our chemical regulations.

Register here and receive a confirmation email containing information about how to participate in the Webinar.

Green Choices Webinar: Foods Systems

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
1:00 PM Eastern time

Join us to learn about the five key health concerns of our industrialized food system, especially as they relate to reproductive health, and what a health professional can do to promote a healthy food system.

Presenters:

Patrice Sutton, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health & the Environment
Lucia Sayre, SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility

To Register: Email your name, company/organization, and email address to: melissa.cipollone@ppfa.org (Space is limited.)

CDC National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures: Comment on Action Agenda

On January 5-6th, the CDC held a series of WebDialogs, inviting input from the public on chemical policies to help refine an Action Agenda.  The goal was to identify clear, achievable recommendations so that government agencies and other organizations can strengthen efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures. While the WebDialog has closed, written comments on the Action Agenda can be submitted here until January 21, 2011.

WebDialog Summaries from 1/5/11:
Prevent Harmful Chemical Exposures

Promote Health for People and Communities Affected by Environmental Exposures

Support Healthy and Informed Choices

WebDialog Summaries from 1/6/11:
Achieve More Complete Understanding of Chemical Exposures and Public Health

Respond Effectively to Chemical Exposures

New Ideas

Announcements

EMF and RF Effects on Fertility and Reproduction

12/1/11: The CHE-EMF working group has posted a reference list with studies that report on electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency radiation (RF) effects on fertility and reproduction. About 35 studies are listed. One document has the references only. The second document has the references with the abstract included. We hope you find this useful. This cross-over of the published scientific studies can perhaps stimulate more collaboration among other CHE groups, and we hope to offer more 'click-to' reference lists in the future.

Partner News: ACOG Letter to EPA on Chlorpyrifos

In a letter dated October 3, 2011, the president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, James N. Martin, Jr., MD, FACOG, responded to the Environmental Protection Agency's invitation for comments regarding its upcoming decision to re-register the pesticide chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate (OP) insecticide, acardicide, and miticide used to control a variety of insects. The ACOG letter supports action taken by the EPA in 2000 to largely eliminate use of chlorpyrifos in home and school settings. Dr. Martin cites the 2007 Summit on Environmental Challenges to Reproductive Health and Fertility, co-sponsored by the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, and the June 30, 2011 EPA Preliminary Human Health Risk memo on chlorpyrifos, describing evidence of negative neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental outcomes in offspring exposed prenatally to chlorpyrifos.

New National Coordinator

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is very pleased to announce that Karin Russ, MS, RN, will serve as the new National Coordinator for CHE's Fertility and Reproductive Health working group beginning in October 2010.< /p>

Karin brings to this position 20 years of experience as a registered nurse, working in a variety of settings such as labor and delivery, women's health, long-term care, epidemiology and research management. In addition, she has a master’s degree in nursing management and a certificate in teaching in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. More recently, she completed a post-masters certificate in environmental health nursing, also from the University of Maryland.

Currently, she is the nursing outreach coordinator for Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, supporting staff as they bring more sustainable practices to healthcare. As an adjunct faculty member, she also teaches undergraduate courses on public health nursing, including environmental health issues, at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. On a personal note, she lives near Baltimore with her husband and three children and is very engaged in community service, including initiating a recycling program and coordinating continuing education seminars for health professionals on environmental health topics.

Karin can be reached at: karin@healthandenvironment.org or 410-493-5940.

Events

Congressional Briefing—Tackling Toxics: Reforming Chemical Policy and Improving Reproductive Health.

The Center for American Progress co-hosted this event on April 27, 2010, with the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. The event featured Daryl Ditz of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition along with Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO). 75 advocates, science groups, policymakers, and congressional staffers gathered to hear why chemical policy reform is a reproductive health issue.
Watch the video recording

Workshop on Navigating the Scientific Evidence to Improve Prevention

In August 2009, The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), CHE, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), the Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and WorkSafe hosted this workshop to develop the Navigation Guide -- a methodology that forges the strengths of evidence-based medicine and environmental health and can be used to vet the scientific evidence related to reproductive environmental health in a timely and transparent manner.
Learn more»

Women's Reproductive Health and the Environment Workshop

Meeting in early January 2008 in Bolinas, California, the Women’s Reproductive Health and the Environment Workshop fostered a collaboration of eminent and up-and-coming scientists specializing in women’s reproductive health. Organized by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), in partnership with the University of Florida and the University of California San Francisco's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE).
Learn more and Workshop documents»

UCSF-CHE Summit on Environmental Challenges to Reproductive Health and Fertility

At this summit, hosted in 2007 by the University of California San Francisco and CHE, colleagues gathered at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. Participants exchanged the latest research around environmental contaminants and reproductive health, discussed how the science impacts public health, education, policy, and the health care system and explored mutual areas of collaboration among the diverse constituencies participating in the Summit.
Learn more and Summit documents»

Live Summit blogs»

Read the Summit review (excerpt from the Feb '07 CHE newsletter)»

Vallombrosa Workshop

In late February 2005, The Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s Fertility/Early Pregnancy Compromise Work Group partnered with CHE Partner Linda C. Giudice, MD, to convene a small multidisciplinary group of experts at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center.
Learn more and Workshop documents»

Publications

New report: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance.
The majority of chemicals found in this report have never been assessed for safety by any publicly accountable agency, or by the cosmetics industry's self-policing review panels. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
[See related articles: Perfumes contain hidden harmful chemicals, environmental groups say and Scented products are so prevalent, potent they are a public health hazard]

Mother's Day blog by CHE-Fertility partner, Elizabeth Arndorfer.

There's just one thing I want for Mother's Day, and only Congress and the President can give it to me: The peace of mind that would come with reforms to protect my family from toxic chemicals. May 7, 2010.

New report: "No Silver Lining: An Investigation into Bisphenol-A in Canned Foods."

This report provides new data about the amount of BPA that could be consumed from eating canned food and drinks available in the U.S. and Canada. For No Silver Lining, we tested the food and beverage contents of 50 cans collected from 19 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. The report reveals that BPA is a routine contaminant in canned foods. Released May 18, 2010.

New Video: Environmental Health and Choice for Earth Day.

Every day scientists are finding links between the chemicals we encounter in the environment and our reproductive health. As protectors of reproductive health, Planned Parenthood is taking a stand on this critical issue. Check out the video to learn why being Pro-Choice means caring about our environment too.

New Article: BPA-Free and Beyond: Protecting Reproductive Health from Environmental Toxins.

Written by Sneha Barot, Senior Public Policy Associate at the Guttmacher Institute. Published in the Guttmacher Policy Review (Winter 2010, Volume 13, Number 1).

New Report: Framing a Proactive Research Agenda to Advance Worker Health and Safety in the Nail Salon and Cosmetology Communities.

Read this new report produced by the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative that provides recommendations from a multi-stakeholder convening in April 2009 that highlighted the state of the science on occupational chemical exposures of cosmetology workers and resulting health effects, with the intention to inform, guide, and build upon current efforts in California and nationally to develop a proactive research and advocacy agenda for the salon sector

Clinical Proceedings from Planned Parenthood and ARHP.

Planned Parenthood and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals have just released an accredited clinical monograph on Environmental Impacts on Reproductive Health. The purpose of the monograph is to provide front-line clinicians with practical guidance on environmental reproductive health issues, based on the best available evidence. See also Planned Parenthood® Green Choices fact sheets and Environmental Health Assessment Form

 

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