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Collaborative on Health and the Environment NAHMMA's 2005 Conference September 18-23, 2005 Tacoma, Washington Elise Miller, M.Ed. Institute for Children’s Environmental Health 1646 Dow Road Freeland, Washington 98249 www.iceh.org www.chenw.org; www.cheforhealth.org Overview of CHE

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Collaborative on Health and the Environment

NAHMMA's 2005 Conference

September 18-23, 2005

Tacoma, Washington

Elise Miller, M.Ed.

Institute for Children’s Environmental Health

1646 Dow Road

Freeland, Washington 98249

www.iceh.org

www.chenw.org; www.cheforhealth.org

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Overview of CHE

  • Nonpartisan national partnership established in 2002.

  • Seeks to raise public dialogue on the role of environment contaminants in chronic illness and disability.

  • Almost 2000 organizations and individuals have joined, including researchers, healthcare professionals, health-affected groups and environmental health and justice advocates.

  • Chaired by Phil Lee, MD, former U.S. assistant secretary of health and human services, under two presidential administrations.

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Consensus statement

  • The Problem: Chronic diseases and disabilities have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting more than 100 million men, women and children - more than one-third of our population.

  • Consensus statement:

    -The State of the Science

    - The Need for a Heightened Public Health Response

    - The Importance of a Precautionary Approach

    - The Need for New Models of Collaboration in Environmental Health

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CHE Activities

CHE's primary activities include:

  • Sharing scientific research on the links between environmental contaminants and human disease.

  • Fostering interdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration among diverse constituencies interested in those links.

  • Facilitating appropriate actions to reduce exposure to contaminants and to improve care of those affected.

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Research, Information and Resources

  • Monthly conference call with experts on specific topics.

  • White papers on various health endpoints.

  • Spreadsheet and database linking 200 health concerns with what is known in peer-reviewed scientific literature on environmental contaminants.

  • See www.protectingourhealth.org - the scientific arm of CHE - for more information

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National Working Groupsand Discussion Groups

  • Asthma and the Environment

  • Cancer

  • EMF (Electromagnetic Fields)

  • Fertility/Early Pregnancy Compromise

  • Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI)

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Science Working Group

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Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI)

  • Educating state and national learning and developmental disabilities (LDD) groups about environmental health and brain development.

  • Translating emerging science into information and fact sheets to be used at workshops and on websites for lay audiences.

  • Holding meetings nationally and regionally to build collaborative partnerships between LDD groups, researchers, health professionals and environmental health advocates.

  • Cultivating opportunities for interested groups to educate policymakers on specific bills that would eliminate neurotoxicants.

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Regional Working Groups

  • CHE-Washington (2003)

  • CHE-Oregon (2005)

  • CHE-Pennsylvania (2005)

  • CHE-Alaska (to be launched Dec 2005)

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CHE-Washington (CHE-WA)

  • CHE-WA established in 2003 as CHE-NW

    (when CHE-OR was established in 2005 CHE-NW became CHE-WA)

  • Shares mission of CHE national

  • Currently has almost 300 individual and organizational members

  • Activities include quarterly meetings, working groups, lecture series, film series and information sharing via listserv

  • Searchable web site: www.chenw.org which links to both CHE-WA and CHE-OR

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How You Can Get Involved

  • Join CHE - www.cheforhealth.org

  • Contact CHE-NW/CHE-WA coordinator:

    Elise Miller, MEd, Executive Director

    Institute for Children’s Environmental Health

    Ph: 360-331-7904

    [email protected]

    www.chenw.org

    www.iceh.org

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CHE – WA Working Groups

  • Research & Information

  • Precautionary Principle

  • Environmental Justice

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CHE – WA Research & Information Working Group

  • Membership (20):

    • CHE WA

    • Local and state health and environmental agencies

    • Academics

    • Non-profit organizations

    • Consultants

  • Meets 2-3 times a year

  • E-mail updates

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CHE – WA Research & Information Working Group

Draft Goals:

1. To connect and integrate information on health and environmental quality.

  • To interpret, elucidate and disseminate information on health and environmental quality.

    3. To identify information needs on health and environmental quality

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Target Audiences & Users of Information:

  • Non-profit health and environmental groups

  • Community-based organizations

  • The public

  • Policy-makers

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Activities 2004/05:

Information on Health and Environmental

Contaminants in WA:

  • Asthma, cardiovascular disease, 22 types of cancer, 24 reproductive, birth, developmental and neurobehavioral defects

  • Body burden

  • Environmental contaminants in air, water, food and soil

  • The built environment

  • Report card

  • Available at: http://washington.chenw.org/

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Activities 2005/06:

Economics Study (July):

  • Asthma, cardiovascular disease, lead exposure, cancer, birth defects, and neurobehavioral disorders

  • The cost of diseases and disabilities attributable to environmental contaminants in WA is $2-3 billion a year

  • Available at: http://washington.chenw.org/

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Activities 2005/06 (cont’d):

Web-based ‘clearinghouse’ of information on WA:

  • Builds on 2004 report

  • Sources of information on health

  • Sources of information on environmental quality, not just contaminants

  • Some interpretation and national comparisons

  • Going ‘live’ at http://washington.chenw.org/RIgroup.html in 2006

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Contact Information:

Kate Davies M.A., D.Phil.

Antioch University Seattle

206.268.4811

[email protected]

Elise Miller M.Ed.

Institute for Children’s Environmental Health

360-331-7904

[email protected]

www.chenw.org

www.iceh.org

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