Scientific evidence increasingly indicates a relationship between a range of environmental factors and a wide array of chronic diseases and conditions.

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CHE-Alaska is a working group of CHE that was established by ACAT to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors. CHE-Alaska sponsors monthly 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.

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2007 CHE-Alaska Podcasts:

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12/11/2007      It’s a Burning Issue – Polybrominated Flame Retardants (PBDEs): The Latest Science, Public Health Implications, and New Legislation

  • Speakers:
  • Dr. Ake Bergman (Director, Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Stockholm, Sweden)
  • 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

  • Speakers:
    • 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 at the Science and Environmental Health Network and co-author of “Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment”)
    • Diane Benson, MFA (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

  • Speakers:
    • Philip Johnson (Environmental Contaminants Coordinator, Alaska Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
    • Craig Matkin (Executive Director, North Gulf Coast Oceanic Society)
    • 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

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Catherine Coumans (Mining Watch, Ottawa, Canada)
    • 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

  • Speakers:
    • Nancy Evans  (Health Consultant at Breast Cancer Fund)
    • Ruthann Rudel (Senior Environmental Toxicologist at Silent Spring Institute)
    • 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

  • Speakers:
    • 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, PhD (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

  • Speakers:
    • Joseph DiGangi, PhD (Associate Director of the Global Chemical Safety Program of Environmental Health Fund, also Science Advisor to International POPs Elimination Network)
    • Daryl Ditz, PhD (Center for International Environmental Law, Coordinator of the National Education Campaign for U.S. POPs Ratification)
    • Shawna Larson (ACAT)

4/1/2007     Effects of Warming in Communities of the North, Human Rights, and Actions to Prevent Future Harm

  • Speakers:
    • Will Callaway (Physicians for Social Responsibility)
    • Faith Gemmill of Arctic Village and REDOIL
    • Vi Waghiyi of St. Lawrence Island and ACAT

3/1/2007     Global Warming and the Arctic: Profound Implications for Public Health of Northern Peoples

  • Speakers:
    • Deborah Williams (President of Alaska Conservation Solutions)
    • James E. Berner, MD (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)
    • Dr. Michael Bradley (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)