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Alaska Collaborative on Health & the Environment (CHE-Alaska)



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Scientific evidence increasingly indicates a relationship between a range of environmental factors and a wide array of chronic diseases and conditions.  One important contributor may be increased exposure to certain chemical substances, including industrial chemicals and heavy metals.

Since the 1950s, pesticides and other synthetic chemicals have become widespread in our air, water, soil, food, homes, schools, and workplaces. Consequently, a growing burden of these chemicals can be found in our bodies.

What is CHE?

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is a national non-partisan partnership of individuals and organizations concerned with the role of the environment in human and ecosystem health. CHE seeks to raise the level of scientific and public dialogue about the role environmental factors play in many of the common diseases, disorders and conditions of our time. For more information, visit the CHE national website.

What is CHE-Alaska?

Alaska Community Action on Toxics established CHE-Alaska as a working group of CHE to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors.

In Alaska, we are particularly concerned about the contamination of persistent chemicals from industrial and military sources. The north is a hemispheric sink for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as PCBs, pesticides, and dioxins that threaten the integrity of ecosystems and pose risks to human health.

We sponsor regular statewide teleconference seminars and other public events featuring Alaskans and nationally-renowned scientists, health care professionals, and policy experts who are working on a range of environmental health concerns.

We invite participation from anyone interested in learning more about protecting current and future generations from environmental harm including health care professionals, researchers, health-affected and patient groups, students, educators, advocacy organizations, tribes, villages, and community health aides.

Get Involved with CHE-Alaska!

Join our CHE-Alaska email list to be notified of upcoming teleconference seminar topics and speakers. Email [email protected] and please put “CHE-Alaska” in the subject of the email.

Past CHE-Alaska Calls:

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | (Top of page)


2015 Top of page
05/21/2015 International Actions to Protect Health and Environment: A Report from the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (CHE-Alaska Call #94)

04/08/2015 An Introduction to Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals: New Resource on Health Threats Posed by EDCs (CHE-Alaska Call #93)

  • Bjorn Beeler
  • Andrea C. Gore, Ph.D.
  • Recording
03/04/2015 Flame Retardants and Public Health: Fire Safety Without Harm (CHE-Alaska Call #92)

  • Arlene Blum Ph.D
  • Senator Bill Wielechowski
  • Recording 
02/04/2015 Only One Chance: How Contaminants in our Environment Impair Brain Development (CHE-Alaska Call #91)

2014  Top of page
12/10/2014 Health Effects of Perinatal Exposures to BPA and Other Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): State of the Science and Policy Update (CHE-Alaska Call #90)

  • Nicole Acevedo, Ph.D. and Kathleen Curtis, LPN
  • Recording
11/19/2014 Working for a Toxics-Free Future: International Efforts to Protect the Arctic from the World’s Most Dangerous Chemicals (CHE-Alaska Call #89) 

  • Speakers: Mariann Lloyd-Smith and Pamela Miller
  • Recording
10/15/14 Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do (CHE-Alaska Call #88)

  • Speakers:
    Claire L. Barnett, MBA and David O. Carpenter, M.D.
  • Recording
10/1/14 NIEHS and Environmental Health Disparities in Alaska (CHE-Alaska Call #87)


7/30/14 Aamjiwnaang: A culture in shock (CHE-Alaska Call #86)

  • Speaker: Ron Plain
6/18/14 Fukushima: A View from the Ocean with Marine Chemist Ken Buesseler (CHE-Alaska Call #85)

5/28/14 Breast Cancer Prevention: Beyond Pink Ribbons (CHE-Alaska Call #84)

4/30/14 Acid Rock Drainage and Water Quality: Potential Environmental Health Impacts in Alaska with Dr. Kendra Zamzow (CHE-Alaska Call #83)

3/25/14 Exposure to Toxic Chemicals among Pregnant Women and Children: The Role of Prevention with Dr. Tracey Woodruff (CHE-Alaska Call #82)

3/12/14 Children’s Environmental Health: A discussion of the latest science and evidence-based advocacy with Dr. Ruth Etzel (CHE-Alaska Call #81)

2/5/14 Fire Safety without Harm: How new flammability standards in California will protect the health and environment of Alaskans (CHE-Alaska Call #80)

2013 Top of page
12/4/13 The Emerging Science of Epigenetics: How Environmental Exposures Today May Affect Our Future Generations (CHE-Alaska Call #79)

11/13/13 Dirty Coal: From Mining to Mercury Contamination – Alaska to Asia and Back(CHE-Alaska Call #78)

 Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention, recorded 10/16/13. (CHE-Alaska Call #77)

9/18/13 Asking the Right Questions: Are Women of Childbearing Age at Risk of Exposure to Multiple Pollutants, recorded 9/18/13. (CHE-Alaska Call #76)

8/14/13 The chemical industry’s game of whack-a-mole: Public health implications of chlorinated tris as a substitute chemical, recorded 8/14/13. (CHE-Alaska Call #75)

8/8/13 Follow up disussion to call on 7/24: Lessons from Libby, Montana: Mining, Asbestos, and Public Health (CHE-Alaska Call #74 discussion)

7/24/13 Lessons from Libby, Montana: Mining, Asbestos, and Public Health (CHE-Alaska Call #74)

6/26/13 The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement: A conversation with activist and author Kate Davies(CHE-Alaska Call #73)

5/29/13 The Story of Camp Lejeune: Contaminated Drinking Water, Cancer Clusters, and the Struggle for Justice(CHE-Alaska Call #72)

  • Speaker: Jerry Ensminger, former Marine Corps Master Sergeant who investigated and uncovered groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune.
  • Website | Resources | Take Action | Recording
04/24/13 Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the Arctic Environment: Sources, Transport, and Health Concerns for Fish, Wildlife, and People, (CHE-Alaska Call #71)

03/06/13 Environmental Exposures and Autism: The Interplay Between Genes, Environment and Health Status

  • Speakers: Maureen Swanson is National Coordinator of the Healthy Children Project of the Learning Disabilities Association of America; and Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, where she is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders).
  • Website | Resources | Take Action | Recording
02/13/13 Toxic Chemicals in Your Home: New Study Shows Hazardous Flame Retardants in Couches on the Rise

02/06/13 Nurses in the Halls of Power: The why, what, and how of nurse advocacy for safer chemicals

01/23/13 The Toll of Alaska’s Coal: Health Impacts of Coal Export

2012  Top of page
11/28/12 Pollution from Pesticides: How Transnational Chemical Corporations Violate Basic Human Rights

10/24/12 The Unnatural History of Breasts:  Industrial Chemicals, Breast Cancer, & Early Puberty

  • Speaker: Florence Williams, a science journalist, discusses the unsettling findings she uncovered in researching her new book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
9/26/12 Preventing Harm to Children – The Healthy Schools Movement

9/05/12 Protecting Public Health in Alaska – The Opportunity of the Safe Chemicals Act

7/25/12 Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – New Directions in Science and Policy

  • Speaker: Join Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski, PH.D., Executive Director and Senior Research Associate at The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) for a discussion of why the old system of setting safety standards doesn’t work, how the principles of endocrinology can be used to create a better system, and to hear the latest news on current directions in endocrine disruption science.
  • Website | Resources | Presentation Slides | Recording
6/28/12 Hidden Chemicals in Consumer Products: What’s Not on the Label

  • Speaker: Robin Dodson, Sc.D., lead author of a new Silent Spring Institute study, discusses of the study’s findings which shows that everyday products contain a wide range of potentially harmful chemicals, including many that are not listed on product labels. Investigators tested products for the presence of hormone disruptors that raise concerns for breast cancer, growth, and reproduction, as well as chemicals associated with asthma. Learn how you can reduce exposures.
  • Website | Resources | Presentation Slides | Recording
5/30/12 Little Changes: A discussion with the Author Kristi Marsh on How to avoid Chemicals in Your Daily Life

4/25/12 Assessing the Public Health Impacts of Coal Transportation and Export: From Whatcom County, Washington to Seward, Alaska

  • Speakers: Frank James, M.D. , Whatcom Docs. Denny Larson, Executive Director, Global Community Monitor.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
3/26/12 Upholding our Human Right to Live in a Healthy Environment

3/21/12 Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products: Health Effects of Flame Retardants (PBDEs) and State Policies to Prevent Exposures

  • Speakers: Ami Zota, ScD, postdoctoral fellow, University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health & Environment, and Kathy Curtis, executive director, Clean and Healthy New York.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
2/15/2012 Coal’s Assault on Human Health

1/11/2012 Science and Action to Protect Public Health: How Health Care Professionals are Changing Chemicals Policy

2011 Top of page
12/14/2011 The Role of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity

  • Speakers: Bruce Blumberg, Professor in Departments of Developmental and Cell Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering—University of California, Irvine; and David O. Carpenter, M.D. director of the Institute of Health and Environment, School of Public Health, University at Albany.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
11/30/2011 Breathe Free: Protecting Human Health from Toxic Coal Dust

  • Speaker: Michael Hendryx, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University
  • Website | Resources | Recording
10/26/2011 Chemical Contaminants in Traditional Foods from St. Lawrence Island: Findings from a new study and update on international actions to eliminate persistent pollutants

  • Speakers: David O. Carpenter, M.D. director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, School of Public Health, University at Albany. Pamela Miller, founder and executive director for Alaska Community Actions on Toxics. Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director for ACAT.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
9/29/2011 The Role of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Decisions that Affect Communities: A Case Study of Proposed Coal Mining in the Matanuska Valley

  • Speakers: Shawna Larson, Alaska Program Director, Pacific Environment. Liz Snyder, Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
8/24/2011 Toxic Chemicals that Disrupt Hormones: Impacts to Fish and People

  • Speaker: Dr. Frances Solomon is a fisheries professional in Washington State where she teaches and researches about the biological impacts of toxic water pollutants, pollution prevention and control, and cleanup of contaminated sites.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
8/1/2011 Coal Mining in Alaska: Hazards to Human Health and the Environment

  • Speakers: Michele Prevost, M.D.; Jessica Winnestaffer, Environmental Stewardship Department Director of the Native Village of Chickaloon; Dennis Gann, Cook Inletkeeper.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
6/1/2011 State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment

5/25/2011 International Actions to Eliminate the World’s Most Dangerous Chemicals: Update from the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

  • Speakers: Joe DiGangi, Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, advisor for the International POPs Elimination Network; Pamela Miller, M.En., founder and executive director of ACAT; and Vi Waghiyi, ACAT’s Environmental Health and Justice Program Director.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
4/6/2011 Protecting the Health of Alaskans and Our Future Generations through State Chemicals Policy Reform

  • Speaker: Joel A. Tickner, Sc.D., directs the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
3/16/2011 Green Chemistry and Safer Alternatives to Toxic Flame Retardants: Achieving Protective Policies Without Compromising Fire Safety

  • Speakers: Dr. Lauren Heine, Senior Science Advisor with Clean Production Action; Samantha Englishoe, Environmental Health and Justice Organizer of Alaska Community Action on Toxics.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
2/23/2011 Mercury Pollution in Alaska: Sources of Contamination, Health Effects, and Global Actions

  • Speakers: Dr. Kendra Zamzow of the Center for Science in Public Participation; Dr. Alan H. Lockwood Professor of Neurology at University of Buffalo; Sarah Petras, MPH, Environmental Health Coordinator of Alaska Community Action on Toxics.
  • Website | Resources | Recording
1/26/2011 Health Hazards of Toxic Flame Retardants in Everyday Products: Current Scientific Evidence and the Need for Protective Public Health Policies

  • Speakers: Dr. Arlene Blum of University of California Berkeley’s Department of Chemistry; Dr. Julie B. Herbstman of Columbia University, Environmental Health Sciences.
  • Website | Resources | Recording 
2010 Top of page
12/15/2010 Bisphenol A (BPA): What it does, where it’s found, and what we can do to reduce our exposure

  • Speakers: Dr. Patricia Hunt of Washington State University; Bobbi Chase Wilding of Clean New York; Melissa Walthers of the Breast Cancer Fund.
  • CHE Website Resources | Recording
11/24/2010 Climate Change and Contaminants: Implications and Potential Impacts Speakers: Dr. Andrew Gilman of the University of Ottawa’s Population Health Institute; Dr. Bjorn Jenssen head of the Department of Biology of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. CHE Website ResourcesRecording
10/27/2010 International Actions to Protect the Health of Arctic Indigenous Peoples: Report on Policy and Science from the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Speakers: Pamela Miller of ACAT; Karl Tupper of Pesticides Action Network of North America; Eva Kruemmel of the Inuit Circumpolar Conferences. CHE Website ResourcesRecording
9/15/2010 Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health and the Promise of Green Chemistry Speaker: Elizabeth Grossman, author of the book “Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health and the Promise of Green Chemistry”. CHE Website
8/11/2010 The Hidden Hazards of Coal Development in Alaska: Public Health and Coal Combustion Waste Speakers: Barb Gottlieb, Deputy Director, Environment & Health, Physicians for Social Responsibility; and Lisa N. Widawsky, Attorney, Environmental Integrity Project. CHE Website Resources Recording
6/30/2010 Dispelling the Myth of the “Dose Makes the Poison” A New Science About How Herbicides Affect Health and the Environment: A Case Study of Glyphosate and the Alaska Railroad Warren Porter, Ph.D.—Professor of Zoology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; Jay Feldman, Director of Beyond Pesticides; Nichelle Harriot, Research Associate with Beyond Pesticides. CHE Website Resources Recording
5/25/2010 Breast Cancer: Environmental Links and Opportunities for Prevention Speaker: Sarah Dunagan, staff scientist at the Silent Spring Institute. CHE Website ResourcesRecording
5/12/2010 Coal Development in Alaska: Threats to Human Health Speakers Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN—Director of the Environmental and Health Program at Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington D.C.; Tim Leach—Coordinator of the Alaska Coal Working Group; Angela Wade—an Ahtna Athabascan from Chickaloon, Alaska and director the Chickaloon Village Environmental Stewardship Program. CHE Website Resources Recording
3/30/2010 Environmental Contaminants and Reproductive Health: Reasons for Concern Speakers Sarah Janssen, Ph.D., M.D—staff scientist of Natural Resources Defense Council; Jane Kava, Major of Savoonga, a Yupik village on St. Lawrence Island, and Community Health Researcher for ACAT; Senator Bill Wielechowski and Representative Lindsey Holmes who introduced identical bills in the Alaska legislature to limit the use of PBDEs. CHE Website ResourcesRecording
2/24/2010 Mind Disrupted: How Toxic Chemicals May Change How We Think and Who We Are Speakers Laura Abulafia of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Sharyle Patton of Commonweal Biomonitoring Project, Ann WingQuest of ARC of Anchorage, and Dr. David O. Carpenter of State University of New York, Albany. CHE Website Resources Recording
1/27/2010 How the Chemical Industry Harms Children’s Health: The Need for Protective Public Policy Speaker Alice Shabecoff, co-author of Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children. CHE Website ResourcesRecording Top of page
2009 Title Description Resources
12/15/2009 Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care: A Snapshot of Chemicals in Doctors and Nurses, Health Implications, and Solutions Speakers Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN, and director of Environment and Health Program at Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington D.C.; Roxanne Chan, RN, L.Ac and participant in biomonitoring study from Alaska; Bobbi Chase Wilding, Organizing Director at Clean New York, a Project of Women’s Voices for the Earth. Recording
9/30/2009 Creating Healthy Schools in Alaska: What You Need to Know to Protect Children from Toxic Exposures Speakers Claire L. Barnett, MBA, founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, Inc.; Stephen Lester, M.S., Science Director for the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ); Michael Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator for the CHEJ. Recording
8/26/2009 What’s On Your Food? Pesticide Residues – Science, Health Effects, and Public Policy Speakers Jay Feldman, M.S., co-founder of Beyond Pesticides; Jenn Sass, Ph.D., Senior Scientist in the Health and Environmental Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Karl Tupper, M.S., Staff Scientist with Pesticide Action Network of North America. Recording
6/29/2009 International Actions to Protect the Health of Arctic Indigenous Peoples: Report on Policy and Science from the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Speakers Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, International Indian Treaty Council; Celeste McKay, J.D. Native Women’s Association of Canada; Daryl Ditz, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, Center for International Law; and Simon Wilson, Ph.D., Scientist, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, Norway. Recording
6/24/2009 Birth Defects and Environmental Contamination: Current Science, Research Methods, and Implications for Alaska Speakers Ted Schettler, M.D., Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network; Betty Mekdeci, Executive Director, Birth Defects Research for Children. Recording
4/14/2009 From Silent Spring to Silent Night: How Chemicals Affect Reproductive Health Speaker Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D. Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley. In addition to this statewide teleconference seminar, we co-sponsored two public lectures with Dr. Hayes at the University of Alaska, each with 100 participants. In his keynote lecture for the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium, Dr. Hayes shared his research on the effects of endocrine disrupting pesticides on amphibian growth, development, reproduction and immune function and how these studies predict effects in other wildlife and in humans. Recording
2/24/2009 Gold Mining and Mercury in Alaska: A Potential Threat to Fisheries and Public Health Speakers Glenn Miller, Ph.D., University of Nevada; Kendra Zamzow, Ph.D., Center for Science in Public Participation; and Bonnie Gestring, Earthworks. Recording
1/28/2009 Creating Laws to Protect Public Health: Working Toward a Toxic-Free Future Speakers Gretchen Lee, Policy Manager with the Breast Cancer Fund and Matt Prindiville, Policy Advocate with Natural Resources Policy Manager with the Breast Cancer Fund and Matt Prindiville, Policy Advocate with Natural Resources Council of Maine. Recording Top of page
2008 Title Description Resources
12/18/2008 Community–Based Participatory Research: How Communities Assess Environmental Exposure and Make Positive Changes Speakers include: Dr. Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Brown University; Dr. Rebecca Gasior Altman recent graduate in sociology from Brown University; Viola Waghiyi, bilingual St. Lawrence Island Yupik Eskimo Environmental Justice Community Coordinator for ACAT. Recording
11/19/2008 Hardrock Mining and Community Health: New Opportunities for Community Involvement Speakers include: Amy Crook, British Columbia program coordinator for the Center for Science in Public Participation; Catherine Coumans, Research Coordinator and responsible for the Asia-Pacific Program at MineWatch Canada; Dr. Kendra Zamzow, environmental geochemist serving the Alaska representative for the Center for Science in Public Participation. Recording
10/31/2008 Uranium Mining and Community Health: Environmental and Health Concerns about Proposed Uranium Mining in Alaska. Speakers include: Paul Robinson, Research Director of Southwest Research and Information Center; Manuel Pino, professor of sociology and Director of American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona; Emily Murray, with the Aniguiin School in the Inupiat village of Elim, Alaska, where she works with students to conduct research/presentations about the effects of uranium on community health.
10/1/2008 The Science and Policy of Endosulfan: How an Agricultural Pesticide Affects Farmworkers, Children, and the Arctic. Speakers include: Dr. Jennifer Sass, scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council; Shelly Davis, Deputy Director of Farmworker Justice; and ACAT board member Violet Yeaton, Tribal Environmental Coordinator with the Native Village of Port Graham, AK.
8/20/2008 Environmental Justice for Alaska Native Communities Affected by Military Contamination: How Sociological Research Illuminates the Disparities and Solutions. Drs. Chad Smith of Texas State University and Nelta Edwards of the University of Alaska discuss their research concerning environmental inequalities among the Indigenous peoples of the U.S., the limits of science in understanding health effects, and the use of the precautionary principle to protect all people from environmental pollutants.
7/15/2008 Human Fertility and the Environment: Looking at Links in both Women and Men. Drs. Linda Guidice of the University of California at San Francisco and Shanna Swan of the University of Rochester are conducting research about environmental contaminants and female reproductive health, and male mediated factors of environmental links to fertility, respectively.
5/28/2008 The Global Transport of Persistent Pesticides to the Arctic: Research and International Actions Speakers included: Dr. Don Waite, research biologist with Environmental Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan) currently investigating atmospheric transport and deposition of herbicides to water surfaces; Dr. Hayley Hung who manages the air sampling program under the Canadian Northern Contaminants Program; and ACAT’s Shawna Larson Carmen. Recording
4/15/2008 Toxics in Everyday Products: How the Regulatory System Has Failed to Protect Our Health and What We Can Do To Fix It The seminar was held as a discussion with investigative journalist and author, Mark Schapiro. Recording
3/25/2008 Worker Health and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: What Have We Learned About the Effects of Oil on Human Health? Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist and author of Sound Truth—Corporate Myths; and Amanda Hawes, Harvard Law School graduate, Center for Occupational Safety and Health board member, and partner in the law firm of Alexander, Hawes, and Audet, specializing in cancer and birth defects claims for chemically-exposed workers and their children. Recording
3/5/2008 Breast Milk Monitoring and the Science of PBDEs (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) Dr. Kim Hooper, Environmental Chemistry Laboratory of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Recording
2/4/2008 The War on Cancer: Examining the Need for a Shift in Our Priorities An interview with author and scientist Dr. Devra Davis, Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health. Recording Top of page
2007 Title Description Resources
12/11/2007 It’s a Burning Issue – Polybrominated Flame Retardants (PBDEs): The Latest Science, Public Health Implications, and New Legislation Dr. Ake Bergman, Director, Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Stockholm, Sweden; and Representative Andrea Doll, Alaska State Legislator from Juneau. Recording
11/29/2007 Is It In Us? Chemicals from Everyday Products in People, Health Implications, and Solutions Sharyle Patton, Director of the Health and Environmental Program for Commonweal, a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California; Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, science director for the Science and Environmental Health Network and co-author of the book Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment; Diane Benson, Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, candidate for U.S. Congress, and biomonitoring project participant. Recording
10/25/2007 Contaminants and Wildlife in Alaska: What animals can tell us about environmental health Philip Johnson, Environmental Contaminants Coordinator, Alaska Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Craig Matkin, Executive Director, North Gulf Coast Oceanic Society; and Bud Rice, Environmental Protection Specialist, National Park Service. Recording
10/10/2007 The Bottom Line: Hardrock Mining and Human Health—An Update About the Health Concerns Associated with Hardrock Mining Dr. Catherine Coumans from Mining Watch, Ottowa, Canada; and Amy Crook, program coordinator for the Center for Science in Public Participation, Victoria, BC. These scientists will discuss some of the effects of the toxics used in mining, their effects on human health, and offer suggestions about what we can do to offset these effects. Recording
8/1/2007 Breast Cancer and the Environment—An Update on the Latest Science and Working Together to Achieve Policies of Prevention. Nancy Evans, health consultant for Breast Cancer Fund in San Francisco; Ruthann Rudel, senior environmental toxicologist at the Silent Spring Institute in Massachusetts. Kay Brown, nine-year breast cancer survivor and former Alaska State Representative.
7/1/2007 From the National to the Local – Perspectives on Wild Alaska Fish and the Contaminants within Them. Dr. Jane Hightower, doctor of Internal Medicine at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. (Groundbreaking work linking mercury contamination to fish and the human health effects.) Violet Yeaton, Tribal Environmental Planner under the IGAP program with EPA. Paluwik (Port Graham). Lori Verbrugge, Ph.D. Environmental Public Health Program Manager for the Alaska Division on of Public Health. (PCBs and dioxins).
6/1/2007 Protecting Health and the Environment in Alaska: The Global Treaty on Persistent Chemicals and Its Relevance to People of the North. Joseph DiGangi, Ph.D. Associate Director of the Global Chemical Safety Program of Environmental Health Fund, also Science Advisor to International POPs Elimination Network. Daryl Ditz, Ph.D. Center for International Environmental Law, Coordinator of the National Education Campaign for U.S. POPs Ratification. Shawna Larson.
4/1/2007 Effects of Warming in Communities of the North, Human Rights, and Actions to Prevent Future Harm. Presenters included: Will Callaway of Physicians for Social Responsibility; Faith Gemmill of Arctic Village and REDOIL; and Vi Waghiyi of St. Lawrence Island and ACAT.
3/1/2007 Global Warming and the Arctic: Profound Implications for Public Health of Northern Peoples. Presenters included: Deborah Williams, President of Alaska Conservation Solutions; James E. Berner, M.D., U.S. expert for the Human Health Advisory Group of the Arctic Assessment and Monitoring Program; John Warren, Engineering Support Services Manager for Alaska Tribal Health Consortium; and Dr. Michael Bradley of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Top of page
2006 Title Description Resources
11/1/2006 A Chemical of Growing Concern: Perchorate. Military Production and Use, Health Effects, and Implications for Alaska. Speakers: Richard Bernhardt, Aquatic Toxicologist and doctoral candidate, University of Alaska Anchorage; Frank von Hippel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage; and Renee Sharp, Senior Analyst with the Environmental Working Group.
10/1/2006 Making a Link: Investigating Reproductive Health in the Environment, Addressing Fertility Birth Outcomes and Birth Defects in Alaska. Speakers: Susan Gilbreath, Ph.D. — researcher and author of “Adverse Birth Outcomes Associated with Open Dumpsites in Alaska Native Villages” (American Journal of Epidemiology, 2006) and “Fetal and Neonatal Deaths and Congenital Abnormalities Associated with Open Dumpsites in Alaska Native Villages “(International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 2006); Janine Schoellhorn, MS, MPH–Alaska Birth Defects Registry Coordinator, Division of Public Health, Section of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health; and Alison Carlson–Senior Fellow with Commonweal’s Health & Environment Program, and Facilitator of the Commonweal-administered National Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s Fertility/Early Pregnancy Compromise Working Group.
6/1/2006 Learning and Developmental Disabilities and Neurotoxic Chemicals: Emerging Science and a Path Towards Prevention. Speakers were: Ted Schettler, M.D., M.PH., Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network; and Elise Miller, M.Ed., Executive Director, Institute for Children’s Environmental Health and National Coordinator for the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative. Dr. Birgit Lenger moderated the call.
5/1/2006 Diabetes: A Complex Disease and the Contributing Factors of Environmental Exposure. Speakers were Dr. Ted Schettler (Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Science and Environmental Health Network based in Boston), Dr. Gary Ferguson (Complementary and Integrative Medical Services, Eastern Aleutian Tribes) and Dr. David Carpenter–author of Dioxins, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Diabetes. The moderator was Adam Grove.
2/1/2006 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Arctic, Human Health and the Stockholm Convention. Speakers were: ACAT’s Shawna Larson; Sharyle Patton representing International POPs Environmental Network; David Carpenter, M.D. representing the ACAT research team for St. Lawrence Island; and Jay Van Oostdam from Health Canada (Ottawa) who is in charge of the Human Health Group of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). Dr. Ruth Etzel served as moderator. Top of page





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