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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.
CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation nor sign petitions and the like. Rather, we investigate and discuss the scientific foundation for more health-protective policies in a civil tone.
Since 2003, HEAL has been a leading European nonprofit public interest organization, with over 70 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.
HEAL serves on several expert committees:
- WHO European Environment and Health Task Force (EEHTF)
- WHO Environmental Health Economics Network (EHEN)
- WHO Health in Climate Change (HIC)
- EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA) - Management Board and following committees: Member State; Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL); Risk Assessment
- EU EDCs Expert Advisory Group
- Steering Committee of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
- EU Stakeholder Expert Group on EU air policy
- Accredited organization to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- UNEP Lead Paint Alliance Advisory Group
The Partnership is coordinated by Génon K. Jensen, HEAL’s founder and executive director. Since 2000, Génon has been representing the health sector as an official member of the WHO’s European Environment and Health process. She is also on the Steering Committee of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN).
To find out more about HEAL’s news, take a look at the monthly newsflash.
For up-to-date science and policy news you can follow HEAL on Twitter @HealthandEnv @EDCFree and on Facebook.
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