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Nov 21
2022

What’s new
Celebrating CHE’s Legacy & Future

By Kristin Schafer, MA
Director, Collaborative on Health & the Environment

Last Saturday afternoon, longtime environmental health leaders gathered in the Commonweal gallery in Bolinas, California to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). 

What an amazing roomful of people.  . . .

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Nov 10
2022

What’s new
Two Decades of Progress in Environmental Health & Science Communication

By Pete Myers, PhD
Chief Scientist and Board Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, Board Chair of the Science Communication Network

After Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and I published Our Stolen Future in 1996, we got “slapped” by one of the most prominent science journalists of the day, Gina Kolata writing for the New York Times. Among her criticisms was that one chemical can’t cause a plethora of diseases.  It was one chemical, one disease, like asbestos and mesothelioma.  . . .

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Nov 1
2022

What’s new
Generation X-Y-Z: Bridging the Gap Between Then and Now

By Julia Varshavsky, PhD, MPH (she/her)
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Northeastern University

My passion for environmental health and justice took hold twenty years ago in college at the University of California, Berkeley, where I learned of the disproportionate health problems faced by communities that have been historically marginalized — many of which included low-income residents, immigrants, black, indigenous, or people of color.  . . .

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Oct 31
2022

What’s new
Our CHE Team is Growing!

By Kristin Schafer, MA
Director, Collaborative on Health & the Environment

One of the many things I’ve been focusing on as I get my feet on the ground here at CHE is building a strong team to move our work forward into the next 20 years. I’m very excited to announce that Dr. Rachel Massey will be joining us next month as our Senior Science and Policy Advisor.
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Oct 20
2022

What’s new
Cancer and Chemicals

By Margaret Kripke, PhD
Professor Emerita, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

 

Like most cancer researchers, I was initially quite skeptical of the importance of environmental factors in causing cancer. But several years ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, of which I was a member, did a year-long study of this issue, which dramatically changed my outlook.  . . .

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Jul 28
2022

What’s new
CHE at 20: Amplifying Science, Partnering for Health

By Kristin Schafer, MA
Director, Collaborative on Health & the Environment

What an interesting moment it’s been to step into leadership at Commonweal’s Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). Our 20th anniversary year offers opportunities for celebration, reflection, and renewal—all of which are well underway.
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Jun 17
2022

What’s new
Healthier Humans on a Healthier Planet

By Steve Heilig, MPH
Associate Executive Director, San Francisco Medical Society; Senior Research Associate, Commonweal

Some people identify as environmentalists, some as health professionals, some as scientists, some as people affected by diseases thought to be at least partly related to environmental factors such as industrial or other chemicals, and some who are any combination of these identities. Twenty years ago, some of us at Commonweal decided that all these diverse people might benefit from talking with each other more—and by working for a healthier future as well.  . . .

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Jun 13
2022

What’s new
A Tribute and a Welcome

By Michael Lerner, PhD
President, Commonweal; Co-founder CHE

Dear CHE Friends,

In the 20 years since we co-founded the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, we have benefited from exemplary leadership from a number of gifted people. The most recent is Hannah Donart, who has done remarkable work, first as deputy to Karen Wang, and more recently as CHE Director in her own right.  . . .

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Nov 15
2021

Announcing Changes at CHE

By Karen Wang, PhD
Director

Dear CHE Partners, Colleagues, and Friends,

I am writing today to share with you that I will be leaving my role as director of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment at the end of 2021. It is time for my next professional challenge, but I look forward to remaining colleagues with you all. 

I have learned so much during my almost 5 years with CHE and am proud of the work that we have accomplished. Under my leadership, CHE’s webinars evolved into a series format, which has allowed us to delve deeply into important topics such as COVID-19 and Environmental Health, Environmental Exposures and Reproductive Health, and Plastics and Human Health. We have also spotlighted young environmental health scientists and scientists from historically under-represented backgrounds. We increased average live webinar attendance and our video recordings are watched thousands of times.

In 2018, we also launched Because Health, an environmental health educational campaign for the general public. Because Health's website has more than 400 pieces of educational environmental health content and averages 40,000 users a month and approximately 1 million page views a year. Because Health also has an engaged community of over 65,000 users on Instagram. Because Health has successfully brought younger, more diverse voices into the environmental health conversation and plays a crucial role in educating mainstream audiences about environmental health issues.   . . .

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Oct 15
2020

New Webinar Series! Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures are Affecting Reproductive Health and Development

Join us for a new webinar series that will provide you with the latest science to help your patients

Learn from top scientists and experts about the impacts of environmental exposures and toxics on reproductive health, pregnancy, and development. “Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures Are Affecting Reproductive Health and the Environment” is a dynamic webinar series that will examine the latest science on generational impacts harmful chemicals and pollutants are having on people before they are born and throughout their lives.

Sessions will explore how chemicals and pollutants affect infertility, fetal development, birth outcomes, women’s and men’s reproductive health, and how communities of color are disproportionally harmed.  . . .

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