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Oregon State Regional CHE (CHE-OR)

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment - Oregon (CHE-OR) was initiated in February 2005, when nearly 100 researchers, health care practitioners, advocacy groups, funders and concerned individuals gathered at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). The Oregon Environmental Council, in partnership with the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the OHSU Prevention Research Center hosted this initial meeting. For more information about CHE-OR, please contact CHE at info@healthandenvironment.org.

CHE-OR has a listserv for the purposes of sharing new research, upcoming events and policy/regulatory initiatives related to environmental health issues in the Northwest.

This group welcomes all interested CHE Partners. If you are interested in joining this group, please sign on as a CHE Partner, and indicate your interest in your application. If you are already a CHE Partner and would like to join the listserv for this group send an email request to: cheor-subscribe@lists.healthandenvironment.org

Pollution in People Report

Oregonians are polluted with many hazardous industrial chemicals, according to a new study conducted by the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) and the Oregon Collaborative for Health and the Environment (CHE-OR). The report, Pollution in People, includes these key findings:

  • Toxic chemicals from consumer products, food, and industrial pollution contaminate our bodies.
  • The toxic chemicals in our bodies are cause for concern because they can lead to health problems.
  • Every participant was contaminated with phthalates, PCBs, mercury and PFOA.

The Oregon Environmental Council and CHE-OR strongly recommend that a comprehensive safer chemicals policy be developed and adopted by our government.

First-Ever Look at the Annual Costs of Environmental Disease in Oregon

The Price of Pollution: Cost Estimates of Environmentally Related Disease in Oregon, a new study by the Oregon Environmental Council, finds that environmentally attributable diseases from sources such as lead, diesel, and mercury cost the state $1.57 billion annually. The estimate for children alone is $1.10 billion per year. This is the first-ever study of the cost of environmental disease for Oregon. See the report on the OEC website: http://www.oeconline.org/kidshealth/priceofpollution/index.

Past Calls

September 15, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - The Broad-Spectrum Approach to Cancer Prevention and Therapy: A Complementary, Integrative Clinical Model to Reduce Disease Resistance and Relapse
Background Information/Resources

Listen to the MP3 recording

July 13, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - TSCA Reform: Understanding the Science, Implementation, and Implications of the New Chemical Safety Act
Background Information/Resources

MP3 Recording

July 7, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - Interactive Effects of Multiple Pesticides on Human Health – A 2016 California Report
Background Information/Resources

MP3 Recording

April 5, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - Looking Toward Green Chemistry: A Conversation with a Pioneer in the Field, Dr. Terrence Collins
Background Information / Resources

Listen to the MP3 recording


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