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

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is an international partnership of individuals and organizations committed to addressing environmental impacts on human health across the lifespan. For more information, visit the CHE national website.

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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2008 CHE-Alaska Podcasts:

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12/18/2008     Community–Based Participatory Research: How Communities Assess Environmental Exposure and Make Positive Changes

  • Speakers:
    • 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 and Environmental Justice Community Coordinator for ACAT)
  • Recording

11/19/2008     Hardrock Mining and Community Health: New Opportunities for Community Involvement

  • Speakers:
    • 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 and 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:
  • 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 (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:
    • Dr. Jennifer Sass (Staff Scientist with Natural Resources Defense Council)
    • Shelly Davis (Deputy Director of Farmworker Justice)
    • 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

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Chad Smith (Texas State University)
    • Dr. Nelta Edwards  (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

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Linda Guidice (University of California at San Francisco) and
    • Dr. Shanna Swan (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:
    • Dr. Don Waite (research biologist with Environmental Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan) currently investigating atmospheric transport and deposition of herbicides to water surfaces)
    • Dr. Hayley Hung  (manager of the air sampling program under the Canadian Northern Contaminants Program)
    • Shawna Larson Carmen (ACAT)
  • 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

  • Speaker: Mark Schapiro (investigative journalist and author)
  • Recording

3/25/2008     Worker Health and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: What Have We Learned About the Effects of Oil on Human Health?

  • Speakers:
  • Dr. Riki Ott (marine toxicologist and author of “Sound Truth, Corporate Myths”)
  • 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)

  • Speaker: 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

  • Speaker: Dr. Devra Davis (Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health)
  • Recording