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che-alaskaScientific 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.

2017 CHE-Alaska Podcasts:

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01/31/2018 State of the Science: Children’s Environmental Health in Alaska and the Circumpolar North

  • Speakers:
    • Sarah B. Petras, MPH
    • Pam Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)
    • Samarys Seguinot-Medina, DrPHc, MSEM, Environmental Health Program Director, ACAT

12/13/2017 Community-Based Participatory Resarch on Saint Lawrence Island – How Yupik Residents are Helping to Identify Persistent Pollutants in Their Communities

  • Speakers:
    • Frank von Hippel, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
    • Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

11/08/2017 The Social and Scientific Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants: Per- and Polyfluorinated Chemicals

  • Speakers:
    • Phil Brown, Ph.D., Northeastern University
    • Alissa Cordner, Ph.D., Whitman College
    • Andrea Amico, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire resident and co-founder of Testing for Pease

10/11/2017 Science Informing Healthy Choices: Working Toward a Toxic-Free Future for Children

  • Speaker:
    • Jane Houlihan, MSCE, Research Director, Healthy Babies Bright Futures

9/13/2017 How Trump’s Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Threaten Clean Air, Clean Water, and Public Health: An Urgent Call to Action

  • Speakers:
    • Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
    • Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
    • Pamela K. Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

8/15/2017 The Future of Public Health Under President Trump: How Sidelining Science Threatens Vulnerable Communities and Children

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto, Kendall Science Fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists
    • Dr. Frederica Perera, professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health

6/22/2017 Environmental Contributors to Breast Cancer: the underlying science and opportunities for action

  • Speaker:
    • Megan R. Schwarzman, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Health and Environment for the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry and an Environmental Health Scientist in University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health

5/24/2017 International Actions to Protect Health & Environment: A Report from the Stockholm Convention on POPs

  • Speakers:
    • Rochelle Diver, San Francisco Office Director, International Indian Treaty Council
    • Pam Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
    • Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health & Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

4/25/2017 New Study Shows Link between Flame Retardants and Children’s Social Behavior

  • Speaker:
    • Dr. Molly L. Kile, associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University

03/29/2017 Science & Action to Protect our Health: the Movement to Achieve Local Ordinances that Prevent the Harmful Use of Pesticides

  • Speakers:
    • Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides
    • Drew Toher, Community Resource and Policy Director, Beyond Pesticides

02/22/2017 Chemicals in Consumer Products: Science & Policy Actions to Eliminate Hazards

  • Speakers:
    • Rebecca Meuninck, Deputy Director, the Ecology Center
    • Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

01/25/17 Plastics and Chemicals in the Marine Environment: Effects on Seabirds in the Bering Sea and on Global Marine Ecosystems

  • Speakers:
    • Veronica Padula, Graduate Student, Department of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage/Fairbanks
    • Christie Keith, International Coordinator and Executive Director of U.S. office of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)