che-alaskaAbout CHE-Alaska

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.

CHE-Alaska is a working group of CHE established by ACAT. We hold monthly teleconference seminars and other events 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. Join our CHE-Alaska email list to be notified of upcoming CHE-Alaska calls and events.

CHE-Alaska Podcasts:

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9/30/2020 – The Proposed Pebble Mine and Threats to Our Ways of Life: Bristol Bay Communities’ Ongoing Efforts to Protect Our Cultures and Health

  • Speakers
    • Alannah Hurley, Executive Director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay
    • Dr. Cameron Wobus, Senior Scientist at Lynker Tech with specialties in geomorphology, hydrology, and climate science

7/29/2020 – Lessons Learned from the Alaskan Home Garden: Consequences and Alternatives to Pesticide Use for our Soils, Plants, and Ourselves 

  • Speaker
    • Jeff Lowenfels, journalist and author on organic gardening and soil ecology

6/24/2020 Cancer-causing Consumer Products: Your Right-to-Know and Necessary Actions to Prevent Harm

  • Speaker
    • Stacy Malkan, author, journalist, and co-founder and co-director of US Right To Know

4/29/2020 More Harm than Good: New Science, Legal Actions, and Policy on Oil Spill Dispersants

  • Speakers
    • Claudia Polsky JD, the founding Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at UC Berkeley
    • Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, an Inupiat scholar, health professional and former mayor of Nuiqsut

3/25/2020 The Role of Mycoremediation in Alaska: Applications and limitations to mushroom-based remediation in cool climates

2/26/2020 Holding Corporations Accountable for Contamination: The Role of Litigation, Regulation, and Research to Address the PFAS Problem

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Instituteand Research Associate in Chemistry at UC Berkeley
    • Robert Bilott, Environmental Attorney and Author of the book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont
    • Pam Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Co-Chair, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

1/29/2020 From the St. Lawrence River to St. Lawrence Island: The Role of Community Engaged Research in Achieving Environmental Health and Justice

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Associate Professor of American Studies at Brown University
    • Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

12/04/2019 The Perilous State of Federal Scientific Research: Dr. Linda Birnbaum Discusses How Sidelining Science Threatens Public Health

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Linda Birnbaum
    • Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

10/16/2019 Threats to Drinking Water and Public Health in Alaska: The Scope of the PFAS Problem, Consequences of Regulatory Inaction, and Recommendations

  • Speakers:
    • Diana DeFazio, Environmental Health Program Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
    • Kelly McLaughlin, Chair, Gustavus PFAS Action Coalition (GPAC)
    • Paul Liedberg, Dillingham Resident

08/28/2019 From Breast Cancer Awareness to Action: Rethink the Pink

  • Speakers:
    • Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action
    • Yamini Ranchod, Board Member, Breast Cancer Action

05/22/2019 International Actions to Protect Health & Environment: Report from the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs Treaty) and Global Measures to Ban PFAS

  • Speakers:
    • Pamela Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Co-Chair, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
    • Samarys Seguinot-Medina, DrPH, MSEM, Environmental Health Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
    • Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

04/24/2019 Protecting Communities from Exposure to Harmful PFAS Chemicals: The Urgent Need for Safe Drinking Water Standards in the Absence of Federal Action

  • Speakers:
    • Alissa Cordner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Whitman College
    • Katie Pelch, PhD, Senior Scientist, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
    • Anna Reade, PhD, Staff Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Laurel Schaider, PhD, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute

03/27/2019 Exploitation by Exposure: Human Rights and Toxic Exposures

  • Speaker:
    • Baskut Tuncak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes (i.e. toxics)

02/06/2019 Toxic Hazards in Everyday Products: The Latest Science on Exposures and Adverse Health Effects of Flame Retardant Chemicals

  • Speakers
    • Kate Hoffman, Assistant Research Professor, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
    • Jeff Gearhart, Research Director,, Ecology Center

01/09/2019 Mercury in Women of Child-bearing Age in 25 Countries: Study Finds Harmful Levels of Mercury in Women Across the Globe

  • Speakers
    • Lee Bell, Mercury Policy Advisor, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) and Principal Investigator of the study
    • Pamela Miller, Executive Director, ACAT and IPEN Co-Chair
    • Erika Apatiki, Community Health Researcher, Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska