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How to Participate

There are various levels of participation available once you have decided to become a CHE Partner.

  1. Join as an Organizational or Individual CHE Partner. All CHE Partners agree to the Consensus Statement and fill out an application to join. There are no dues and no further obligations involved in joining. Once you have decided to become a CHE Partner there are various levels of participation available. CHE Partners can get involved in a number of ways.

  2. Join the CHE Listserv. When you join as a CHE Partner you are automatically added to the CHE national listserv. You will receive no more than four emails per month. These emails contain a compilation of activities within the network, including monthly newsletters and announcements about CHE Partnership Calls. By joining the listserv you are kept informed about current CHE events and news.

  3. Listen and Participate in CHE Partnership Calls. Each month CHE hosts a conference call on timely environmental health issues featuring presentations from leading scientists, health professionals and other experts from multiple fields. Subjects covered previously include environmental cardiology, endocrine disruption, nanotechnology, thyroid conditions, biomonitoring, neurodegenerative diseases and many other topics.

  4. Join a CHE Working Group. A number of working groups have been established to address specific environmental health issues and to create opportunities for more focused dialogue and activities. Some of these areas include: asthma, cancer, breast cancer, electromagnetic fields, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities and Parkinson’s disease. In addition to convening conferences and creating issue-specific initiatives, working group participants have also developed consensus statements, white papers, fact sheets and new policies on environmental health.

  5. Join a Regional Partnership. Regional partnerships bring CHE Partners together to share resources and information on region-specific environmental health issues, convene conferences, sponsor lectures and engage in other collaborative activities. Regional partnerships are currently active in Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

  6. Stay Current with CHE Resources. CHE scientists produce and disseminate scientific briefing papers, which summarize the state of research that links various health outcomes with environmental factors for the informed layperson. Monthly CHE newsletters provide updates on science, policy and advocacy. CHE information partner, www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org, offers daily updates about environmental health news and science.

  7. Take a Lead on a CHE Activity within the Collaborative. For example, you could create a team of representatives of health-affected groups in your area to work on an initiative of interest to you. Or you could join a local or regional health group and support its engagement with CHE. Review the ongoing CHE activities and then contact CHE staff to discuss the possibilities.

  8. CHE Partner Initiatives. As a National Partnership we encourage collaboration and opportunities for involvement whenever possible. Many CHE Partners are actively working on legislation or community action and have requested that the Partnership support their individual resolution, policy or initiative. As a result, we have created a three-tiered system to help us sort through initiatives that might be of interest to the collaborative as a whole. Our goal is to raise the level of public awareness and dialogue about the potential links between health and the environment, with a particular focus on chemicals and health. All CHE activities occur within the framework established in our Consensus Statement.



For more information about any of these activities, contact Elise Miller, CHE Director at: Elise@HealthandEnvironment.org.

 

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