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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and Health Effects: Addressing the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM’s) Recommendations for At-Risk Populations

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that are widely used in consumer products, industrial firefighting foams used on military bases and airports, and can be found in drinking water throughout Alaska and the US. In Alaska, the dispersive use of PFAS-based firefighting foams have contaminated the drinking water of communities from the North Slope to southeast…

Protecting Brain Development in Children: Neurotoxic Effects of Phthalates and Need for Critical Policy Reform

On Wednesday, November 16, the Alaska Collaborative on Health and Environment (CHE-Alaska) was joined by Katherine O’Brien and Rashmi Joglekar from Earthjustice for a presentation on risks and harms to children associated with phthalates, the use of phthalates as food-additives, and recent legal action towards the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The widespread use of…

Risks of mining to salmon and trout-bearing watersheds in the Pacific Northwest with Chris Sergeant

On Wednesday, October 26, the Alaska Collaborative on Health and Environment (CHE-Alaska) hosted a presentation on the Risks Of Mining To Salmon And Trout-Bearing Watersheds with lead author Chris Sergeant. This recently published article summarizes the types of mining and the character of watersheds in the Pacific Northwest  to highlight how mining affects our region’s…

Community-Based Science to Protect Future Generations

Since CHE-Alaska’s last update on Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with the communities of Sivuqaq (traditional name for Saint Lawrence Island) in 2017, an additional six peer-reviewed papers have been published (see reference section below) with findings pertaining to the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POP’s) on the Arctic ecosystem, food web, and people.  Concerns…

CHE Cafe: Environmental Health & Justice in the Arctic with ACAT’s Pamela Miller and Viola Waghiyi

ACAT’s very own Pamela Miller and Viola Waghiyi are guests on the next CHE Cafe entitled Environmental Health & Justice in the Arctic on September 20 at 10:00 am Our partners at the national Collaborative on Health and Environment (CHE) are hosting a series of CHE Cafes, and this is the second installment. Watch and…

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