The Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-Alaska) is a working group of CHE. We hold monthly one-hour teleconference seminars to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors. Our speakers include scientists, health care professionals, policy experts, and community activists who are working on a range of environmental health concerns. Click on the title of any of the calls listed below to go to the call webpage and listen to the recording.

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2011 CHE-Alaska Podcasts:

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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)
    • David O. Carpenter, MD (Director of the Institute of Health and Environment, School of Public Health, University at Albany).
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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, MD director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, School of Public Health, University at Albany
    • Pamela Miller, founder and executive director, Alaska Community Actions on Toxics
    • Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

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

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.

8/1/2011      Coal Mining in Alaska: Hazards to Human Health and the Environment

  • Speakers:
    • Michele Prevost, MD
    • Jessica Winnestaffer, Environmental Stewardship Department Director of the Native Village of Chickaloon
    • Dennis Gann, Cook Inletkeeper

6/1/2011      State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment

  • Speaker: Jeanne Rizzo, RN, President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund

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, PhD, Advisor for the International POPs Elimination Network
    • Pamela Miller, Founder and Executive Director, ACAT
    • Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, ACAT

4/6/2011      Protecting the Health of Alaskans and Our Future Generations through State Chemicals Policy Reform

  • Speaker: Joel A. Tickner, ScD, Director of the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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, Clean Production Action
    • Samantha Englishoe, Environmental Health and Justice Organizer, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

2/23/2011    Mercury Pollution in Alaska: Sources of Contamination, Health Effects, and Global Actions

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Kendra Zamzow, Center for Science in Public Participation
    • Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, Professor of Neurology at University of Buffalo
    • Sarah Petras, MPH, Environmental Health Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

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, University of California Berkeley’s Department of Chemistry
    • Dr. Julie B. Herbstman, Columbia University, Environmental Health Sciences