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:

This Year | 20182017 | 20162015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

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


  • 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