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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2013 CHE-Alaska Podcasts:

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12/4/13     The Emerging Science of Epigenetics: How Environmental Exposures Today May Affect Our Future Generations

  • Speaker: Dr. Michael Skinner, Researcher, Washington State University

11/13/13     Dirty Coal: From Mining to Mercury Contamination – Alaska to Asia and Back 

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Steven G. Gilbert, Founder and Director, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders
    • Jamey Duhamel, Director, Castle Mountain Coalition

10/16/13   Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention 

9/18/13     Asking the Right Questions: Are Women of Childbearing Age at Risk of Exposure to Multiple Pollutants 

8/14/13     The chemical industry’s game of whack-a-mole: Public health implications of chlorinated tris as a substitute chemical 

8/8/13     Follow up disussion to call on 7/24: Lessons from Libby, Montana: Mining, Asbestos, and Public Health 

7/24/13     Lessons from Libby, Montana: Mining, Asbestos, and Public Health

6/26/13     The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement: A conversation with activist and author Kate Davies 

5/29/13      The Story of Camp Lejeune: Contaminated Drinking Water, Cancer Clusters, and the Struggle for Justice 

  • Speaker: Jerry Ensminger, former Marine Corps Master Sergeant who investigated and uncovered groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune.
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04/24/13      Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the Arctic Environment: Sources, Transport, and Health Concerns for Fish, Wildlife, and People 

  • Speaker: 
    • Dr. Craig Butt post-doctoral research fellow, Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University

3/06/13      Environmental Exposures and Autism: The Interplay Between Genes, Environment and Health Status

  • Speakers:
    • Maureen Swanson (National Coordinator of the Healthy Children Project of the Learning Disabilities Association of America)
    • Dr. Martha Herbert (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)

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

  • Speakers:
    • Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
    • Regna Merritt, Campaign Director: Prevent Coal Exports, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
    • Heidi Zimmer, Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics