Gail Gensler at NW Children's Environmental Health Forum
The goal of this partnership is 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 explores 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 provide 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. You can participate in this partnership through both the ScienceServ and by attending monthly meetings.
In-person meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of the month from September through June at a rotating location in and around Seattle and can be attended virtually. These meetings provide opportunities to network with colleagues, share ideas and hear presentations from leading researchers and other experts. Please join this partnership to receive meeting announcements.
The ScienceServ is moderated by Lorelei Walker, PhD, MPH, CHE’s program manager.
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Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forums
CHE-Washington presented forums in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Information in presented here in reverse order.
2013: Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies:
Part 1—Opening and Welcome
|MC: Margo Young, EPA Region 10
Part 2—Reproductive Health 101
|Moderator: Elise Miller, Collaborative on Health and the Environment
Part 3—Cumulative Exposures
|Moderator: Elise Miller, Collaborative on Health and the Environment
Part 4—Effective Action
|Moderator: Heather Trim, Science & Policy Director, Futurewise
Part 5—Emerging Science, Hot Topics: Reason for Alarm?
|Moderator: Aimee Boulanger, Children's Environmental Health Working Group—Washington
Aimee Boulanger, Collaborative on Health and the Environment—Washington
Karen Bowman, Karen Bowman & Associates Inc.
Holly Davies, Washington State Department of Ecology
Carolyn Gleason, US Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration
Gail Gensler, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
Steve Gilbert, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders
Sonia Hoglander, HomEvolution
Rachel Koller, Healthy Home Focus
Kristina Larson, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Gretchen Stewart, Environmental Protection Agency
Nicole Thomsen, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
Heather Trim, Futurewise
Dennis Weaver, Change Your Food—Change Your Life!™
Margo Young, Environmental Protection Agency
2011: A Children's Environmental Health Forum
"Stepping It Up Together"
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 8:30am-12:00pm
Location: Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
CHE-WA's Working Group on Children's Environmental Health hosted its Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum November 29, 2011, at the Women's University Club in Seattle, Washington. This year's theme, "Stepping It Up Together" was designed to encourage and increase new opportunities for cross collaboration and to engage with partners who share the mission of protecting children's health. A panel of children's health leaders answered questions and modeled suggestions on how we can Step Up to meet today's challenges. Group sessions provided time to align critical priorities, with take-way action steps, to further define how working together will advance the accomplishment of mutual goals.
Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, set the stage as this year's keynote speaker. He shared new insights on the enormity of factors that influence children's health, the overlapping missions of various organizations and agencies, and the importance of partnership building in addressing today's children's environmental health issues.
- A special Showcase of Children's Health Programs anchored this year's event allowing us to share in a celebration of accomplishments. We previewed exciting new innovations and met the people making them happen.
- Work in small groups, networking with new people to refine and align priorities and establish new ways to partner to advance children's health.
The CHE-Washington working group has created several tools focused on education and outreach around children’s environmental health.
Cleaning for Health in the Classroom
These tools support a training for teachers and school staff to reduce toxic exposures in the classroom:
- Cleaning for Health in the Classroom (teacher audience)
- Cleaning for Health in the Classroom (nurse audience)
- Cleaning for Health Classroom Guide
- Classroom Cleaning Tips for Teachers (on the Washington State Department of Health website)
- Project Overview
Northwest Hazardous Material Management Association Conference Workshop - 2015
These training tools provide an overview of reducing exposures before, during, and after pregnancy:
Washington State Environmental Health Association Training
This training set focuses on healthy homes and reducing chemical exposure in the home living environment:
- Lead and Healthy Homes
- Healthy Homes
- Chemical Action Plans
- Healthy Homes Brochure
- Summary of Key Messages
- Resources for families of children with elevated blood lead levels
Home Show Outreach
CHE-Washington working group members created this presentation to bring awareness to the dangers of lead-based paint exposure during home renovation and remodeling:
How to Plan a Forum Manual
This manual was developed by the CHE-Washington Partnership as a resource for other organizations who wish to host a forum.
Spokane River Toxics and Human Health: A Workshop on Toxics in the River and Their Implications for Human Health
At this June 28, 2008, workshop held in Spokane, Washington, scientists shared what is known about toxics detected in river sediments (PCBs, PBDEs, heavy metals, etc.) and explored what this might mean about risks to human health. See more on the Conferences webpage.
Research & Information Group Clearinghouse, 2006
There is growing scientific evidence that human health is affected by the health of the environment. A 2006 report by the World Health Organization, "Preventing Disease Through Healthy Environments: Towards an Estimate of the Environmental Burden of Disease 2006", estimated that almost a quarter of global disease is caused by environmental exposures which can be averted. The report further estimated that more than 33 percent of disease in children under the age of five is caused by environmental exposures.
The CHE-Washington Research & Information Working Group, under the direction of Dr. Kate Davies, created a series of fact sheets summarizing a collection of sources of scientific information on health and environmental quality in Washington State.