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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
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

overview of che
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.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

consensus statement
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

che activities
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.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

research information and resources
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

national working groups and discussion groups
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

learning and developmental disabilities initiative lddi
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.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

regional working groups
Regional Working Groups
  • CHE-Washington (2003)
  • CHE-Oregon (2005)
  • CHE-Pennsylvania (2005)
  • CHE-Alaska (to be launched Dec 2005)

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

che washington che wa
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

how you can get involved
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

emiller@iceh.org

www.chenw.org

www.iceh.org

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

che wa working groups
CHE – WA Working Groups
  • Research & Information
  • Precautionary Principle
  • Environmental Justice

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

che wa research information working group
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

che wa research information working group13
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

target audiences users of information
Target Audiences & Users of Information:
  • Non-profit health and environmental groups
  • Community-based organizations
  • The public
  • Policy-makers

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

activities 2004 05
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/

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

activities 2005 06
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/

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

activities 2005 06 cont d
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

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

contact information
Contact Information:

Kate Davies M.A., D.Phil.

Antioch University Seattle

206.268.4811

kdavies@antiochsea.edu

Elise Miller M.Ed.

Institute for Children’s Environmental Health

360-331-7904

emiller@iceh.org

www.chenw.org

www.iceh.org

Collaborative on Health and the Environment