CHE collaborates with partner organizations in a variety of ways. Some of these relationships we characterize as "core partners" — some of these special partnerships are listed below.
Agents of Change in Environmental Justice
Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Environmental Health News teamed up to create Agents of Change in Environmental Justice, a program designed to empower emerging leaders from historically excluded backgrounds in science and academia to reimagine solutions for a just and healthy planet.
The program works to "foster a new cadre of diverse and inclusive leaders in environmental justice who can help create systemic change by integrating the best available science and technology with the intergenerational knowledge of communities who have been disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation and historically excluded from decision-making because of racism, classism, and other systems of oppression."
Each year Agents of Change hosts a cohort of 12-15 early career environmental health scientists, providing training in science communication and other skills. At the end of each cohort period CHE offers our webinar platform for interested Fellows to present their research to a national audience of researchers, policymakers and advocates.
This partnership explores the emerging science of environmental health, justice and education relevant to the state of Alaska and its people. Coordinated by Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), CHE Alaska works to inform health professionals, researchers, health-affected groups, government agents and other concerned citizens about environmental links to disease and disability. By providing opportunities to learn about the best available science through CHE-related activities, such as partnership webinars and news updates, our Alaskan partners can act even more effectively to improve health across the lifespan in their families and communities. Learn more about CHE Alaska’s partnership with ACAT on the ACAT website.
EDC Strategies Partnership
CHE is working with a team of partner organizations — Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center (CBRC) and Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies (HEEDS) — to highlight endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) research. The EDC Strategies Partnership organizes monthly webinars exploring EDC exposure pathways, linkages to health outcomes, and protocols for identifying chemical substances with endocrine-disrupting capacities.
The Partnership emerged in response to the interests and requests expressed by various constituents of these organizations:
- HEAL is a network of public interest groups working in Europe and internationally concerned with environmental health threats and opportunities, with a sharp focus on EDCs in products and the EDC regulations within the EU. Genon Jensen, Founder and Executive Director of HEAL, coordinates the EDC Free Europe campaign to support effective and health-promoting EDC regulations within the EU.
- CBRC conducts environmental monitoring for chemicals with EDC properties in affected US communities, including fire fighters, farmworkers and populations living near oil and gas production sites. Directed by Sharyle Patton, CBRC research provides the robust exposure data necessary to leverage awareness and guide decision making among communities, health care providers, regulatory agencies and others.
- HEEDS (Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies) is an Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) program directed by Jerry Heindel. HEEDS is a non-profit multidisciplinary coalition of scientists dedicated to improving communication, coordination, and collaboration in the endocrine disruption field. HEEDS was developed by scientists for scientists. It operates via an advisory board. There are no memberships or fees. HEEDS is open to ideas that can help move endocrine disruption science forward, increase collaboration across scientific disciplines, and communicate results to the general public and policy arena.
Health and Environment Alliance
This partnership works to strengthen transatlantic cooperation by engaging both US and European partners interested in the impact of environmental exposures on human health. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), based in Brussels, Belgium, works in partnership to explore the emerging science and policy to reduce the burden of environmental contaminants. We aim to provide a space for health professionals, scientists, researchers, community groups, government agents and health-affected and vulnerable groups to connect, share and discuss new research findings on a wide range of environmental drivers of health outcomes that impact both the US and Europe. We do this by distributing influential research articles and hosting partnership calls featuring new studies to deepen the resource base available to partners in both networks.
Since 2003, HEAL has been a leading European nonprofit public interest organization, with over 90 members addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). HEAL has a strong track record in increasing public and expert engagement in the EU and World Health Organization (WHO) debates and decision-making process.
Program on Reproductive Health and Environment
Established in 2007 and based at a top-ranked medical center with expertise in women’s health, reproduction, and child development, UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) is the nation’s leading research and public policy center devoted to creating a healthier environment by preventing exposures to chemicals and pollutants. PRHE’s research spans biological, population, and health sciences, and the Program hosts a vibrant research translation program to bring science to clinicians and decision-makers to improve health equity and environmental justice.
CHE’s work has been intertwined with PRHE’s since we co-hosted the Summit on Environmental Challenges to Reproductive Health and Fertility in 2007, and we continue to collaborate in many ways. We organized the Generation Chemical webinar series together in 2020, and in 2023 we've co-hosted a series of online events focused on healthy building materials and environmental justice, and several webinars focused on strengthening national chemicals policy.
The Superfund Research Program at Boston University (BU SRP) was an NIEHS-funded program that studied the effects of exposures to substances commonly encountered in hazardous waste disposal on reproduction and development in humans and wildlife. The program consisted of five interrelated research projects exploring the basic underlying mechanisms of xenobiotic/endocrine inter actions.
The Research Translation Core for the BU SRP program was developed to disseminate the outcomes of SRP research to governmental organizations, other Superfund programs, and the scientific community in general with a goal to protect the health of communities.
CHE partnered with the Research Translation Core for several years beginning in 2011, to increase the public health impact of the BU research. Maria Valenti acted as CHE’s liaison to the BU SRP. Together, we worked to bring BU’s research on environmental exposures and disease endpoints into the public spotlight through:
- Partnership calls highlighting the latest science drawn from BU SRP investigators and other SRP’s around the country;
- Information dissemination via the CHE newsletter, blog, web postings, and social media;
- Participation in BU SRP research translation events and activities; and
- Engaging BU SRP researchers in providing technical assistance for A Story of Health e-book and online CE course
The goal of this partnership was to promote the cross-pollination of ideas and opportunities between different sectors concerned with the environmental contributors to chronic health problems in order to create a safe and healthy future for all in the Northwest.
This partnership explored the emerging science on environmental health, justice and education relevant to people living in Washington State with a special focus on children’s environmental health issues. We provided a space for health professionals, scientists, researchers, community groups, government agents and health-affected individuals and families to connect, share and discuss new research findings, prevention strategies and interventions on a wide range of environmental drivers of health and disease outcomes relevant to the children.