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Dec 6
2016

What’s new
New Health Literacy Tool Available

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LoveinthetimeoftoxicantsThe Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) at the University of California, Berkeley working in collaboration with the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) have created a new health literacy tool aimed at young adults in their reproductive years. Targeting young couples, this video discusses important actions to reduce environmental exposures before pregnancy. See and share the video today!  . . .

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Dec 5
2016

What’s new
San Francisco Cancer Initiative Launched

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Launched on 11/16. The San Francisco Cancer Initiative is a major public health initiative in the city of San Francisco focused on reducing cancer mortality, the city’s leading cause of death. This initiative is a partnership between the University of San Francisco (UCSF), the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, health care providers and various community organizations. Learn more by visiting the UCSF announcement or listen to Dr. Robert Hiatt describe this initiative on our recent CHE Partnership call

Dec 1
2016

What’s new
CHE Director to Step Down April 1

Elise Miller, EdM photoBy Elise Miller, EdM
Director

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to let you know I plan to step down as CHE director as of April 1, 2017. It’s hard to believe I've worked almost 24 years on environmental health issues in different capacities. I’ve truly loved it. It's not only been meaningful and fulfilling for me personally, but also a great privilege to engage with exceptionally bright and dedicated colleagues, learn the emerging science, catalyze strategic initiatives and work collaboratively to push the needle towards improved health and well-being in a world that faces a very uncertain future.

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Nov 16
2016

Newsletter essay
The Launch of CHE's New Website!

Elise Miller, EdM photoBy Elise Miller, EdM
Director

Imagine: You want to find out what in the environment might be contributing to a health issue you or loved ones are facing. You come across this highly integrated, science-based, straightforward, streamlined, easy-to-navigate website.

On one page, the site provides not only a comprehensive summary of your topic of interest, but links to calls with leading researchers, useful publications, insightful blog posts and an up-to-date news feed. In addition, everything you find is interconnected with other relevant information if you wish to deepen your understanding.

Good News: You no longer have to imagine –
CHE’s new website is here!
www.healthandenvironment.org 

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Nov 14
2016

Guest commentary
Party Like It’s World Diabetes Day!

Sarah Howard, MS photoBy Sarah Howard, MS
Coordinator of the Diabetes-Obesity ScienceServ

Usually, “diabetes” and “party” are never mentioned in the same sentence. The reasons are obvious: diabetes is a horrible, life-changing and life-threatening diagnosis. More than 400 million adults worldwide have diabetes, and more than half a million children under 15 have type 1 diabetes. One in seven infants worldwide are exposed to their mother’s high glucose levels in the womb.International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas—7th Edition. 2015.

In addition, international scientists are now researching the role of environmental chemical exposures in diabetes. Convincing laboratory and epidemiological evidence has been published suggesting that exposure to "metabolic disrupting" chemicals may contribute to the development of diabetes in later life, especially if the exposure occurred early in life.Heindel JJ et al. Parma consensus statement on metabolic disruptors. Environmental Health. 2015 Jun 20;14:54.  . . .

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Nov 14
2016

Guest commentary
The Art of Action

By Jessica Hale
CHE Summer Intern

In our world of high-speed technology, we have unlimited access to top news stories and new research. Identifying the copious social problems facing our nation has never been easier, sometimes to the extent that we feel every day is Doomsday. With the constant buzz on issues such as poverty, health, social inequality, discrimination, and the environment it is easy to become numb due to the sheer volume of the problems and inability to find a place to start picking up the pieces. Nonetheless, equipped with this knowledge we have a responsibility to act.  . . .

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Nov 9
2016

What’s new
The Election and Environmental Health

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With the results of the US 2016 election now in, CHE will be carefully considering how the new political landscape will impact environmental health science and the health of current and future generations. We intend to host a series of calls to explore these questions and concerns specifically in regards to the Trump Administration's plans and priorities. Please look for upcoming announcements.

Nov 7
2016

What’s new
12 Champions of Environmental Health Research Recognized

CHE photoBy CHE

A dozen "Environmental Health Research Champions" were recognized by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their significant contributions to the impacts of environmental exposures on individuals, families and communities worldwide. A number of the awardees have been particularly instrumental in CHE's work over the years, including John Peterson (Pete) Myers, PhD, Phil Landrigan, MD, Linda Birnbaum, PhD, Jeanne Rizzo, RN and Kenneth Olden, PhD, among others. The awards ceremony took place as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  . . .

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Nov 5
2016

Guest commentary
Closing the Gap on Health Disparities

Kathy Sykes photoBy Kathy Sykes
Senior Advisor for Aging and Public Health at the EPA Office of Research and Development

This post is shared with permission from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. It was originally posted on StatePublicHealth.org. Stylistic edits have been made.

What do health disparities, interest on the national debt, and gun violence have in common? Would you believe it’s economic impact, to the tune of $229 billion dollars? That is not small change. This figure demonstrates the magnitude of an issue that continues to burden our society.  . . .

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Oct 20
2016

What’s new
Toxipedia to Merge with CHE

CHE photoBy CHE

ToxipediaHeaderWe are very pleased to announce that Toxipedia's wealth of resources is being integrated into CHE's greatly expanded and updated website to be launched soon. Brain child of long-time CHE partner Steve G. Gilbert, PhD, Toxipedia has tens of thousands of visitors a month seeking information on the impact of toxic chemicals on our health, the history of toxicology, practical solutions and much more. Read more on our Toxipedia page.