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Washington State Regional CHE (CHE-WA)

About CHE-WA:
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment - Washington State (CHE-WA), established in 2003, is a regional network of over 400 researchers, healthcare providers, health-affected groups, environmental health and justice advocates and other concerned citizens committed to addressing environmental health issues linked to chronic health concerns in the Northwest. Our overarching goal is to promote the cross-pollination of ideas and opportunities between different sectors concerned with environmental contributors to chronic health problems in order to create a safe and healthy future for all those in Washington State and the Northwest.

CHE-WA is a state offshoot of CHE National and meets face-to-face at least twice a year. During these meetings, we highlight emerging science in the environmental health field, share information on our respective activities, incubate new ideas and opportunities, and invite CHE Partners to present on a particular environmental health theme.

CHE-WA working groups:

CHE-WA hosts working groups composed of CHE-WA members interested in working together on a specific topic of common interest. Currently, CHE-WA's active working group is the Children's Environmental Health Working Group, which organized the 2013 Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum. This working group is focused on highlighting the science and research pertaining to how the developing child is affected by environmental toxicants.

Past CHE-WA working groups have included the following, with these types of projects and outcomes:

  • Climate Change and Health Working Group, which published a fact sheet focused on the health impacts of climate change with the intention of developing specific actions to protect public health, particularly the health of children.
  • Environmental Justice Working Group which worked to develop opportunities to create stronger alliances between environmental justice and environmental health advocates and to instill a broader understanding that environmental health and justice are inherently linked.
  • Precautionary Principle Working Group, which successfully pressed to have precautionary language incorporate into the comprehensives plan for the City of Seattle. This group is now strategizing to introduce similar language in other localities in Washington State and possibly on the state level
  • Research and Information Working Group which released a seminal report in January 2005 – an analysis of the data on environmental contributors to chronic health problems and some environmentally attributable health care costs in Washington State, is continuing to collect more data on these links and economic costs

CHE-WA also supports the emergence of other working groups that promote activities for the benefit all organizational efforts whether in research, education and/or advocacy. For more information, please contact Steve Gilbert.

CHE-WA listserv:

CHE-WA also has a listserv where new research, upcoming events and policy/regulatory initiatives related to environmental health issues in the Northwest are posted. Though CHE-WA will never speak on behalf of all members nor will it work as a coalition on a specific policy or regulatory issue, members are encouraged to share information on their programs and projects to increase collaboration on relevant initiatives.

CHE Partners subscribed to the CHE Asthma listserv can access the listserv archive to view messages previously distributed.

Joining CHE-WA

This group welcomes all individuals and organizations that share CHE's mission and values. For more information, please contact info@healthandenvironment.org. Or go directly to: http://washington.chenw.org/.

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: chewa-subscribe@lists.healthandenvironment.org.

Past Calls

February 1, 2011 --
CHE-WA meeting: Environmental Health in the Media: Developing Effective Messages and Getting Better Coverage of Your Issues
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November 18, 2010 --
CANCELLED: CHE-WA meeting: Environmental Health in the Media: Developing Effective Messages and Getting Better Coverage of Your Issues
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May 26, 2010 --
CHE-WA meeting: The World Health Organization's just released cell phone study: Case for precaution?
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December 1, 2009 --
Quarterly CHE WA Meeting: Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals: What Can a Novelist and a Pediatrician Tell Us About Them?
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