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Jan 26
2023

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Because Health

By Karen Wang, PhD, MSc
Science Educator, Healthy Building Consultant

The public’s knowledge of environmental health issues has changed tremendously over the past few decades, with CHE playing a critical role. In 2018, while I was Director of CHE, we launched Because Health, an environmental health educational campaign for the general public. Because Health is now a part of the Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit leading the nationwide effort to protect people from toxic chemicals.  . . .

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Jan 12
2023

What’s new
Scientists recommend changes to chemical regulatory process

By UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE)

This blog is excerpted from a blog posted today by UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). See the complete posting from PRHE here.

With chemical production and use on the rise, and continued evidence that many chemicals in everyday products are linked to health problems such as cancer, infertility, and neurodevelopmental conditions, an interdisciplinary group of scientific experts said changes are urgently needed to better protect people from harmful chemicals.  . . .

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Jan 4
2023

What’s new
Impacting US chemical policy & environmental health

By Swati Rayasam, MSc
Science Associate, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Science & Policy team

This article was co-authored with Dr. Tracey Woodruff, see bios of both authors below.

 

Chemical pollution threatens the health of our planet and everyone who lives on it.

Despite this, the manufacture and production of chemicals has continued to increase; 350,000+ chemicals and chemical mixtures registered worldwide have led to extensive and disproportionate exposures, and generations of children being born pre-polluted.
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Dec 30
2022

What’s new
A Perspective from Alaska

By Pamela K. Miller, PhD
Founding Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics; Co-Chair, International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN)

In the early years of CHE, the staff of Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) would eagerly join the monthly teleconferences and huddle together around the conference speaker phone in the early morning darkness of Alaska.  . . .

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Dec 5
2022

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Climate Health Activism: Twenty Years Out and Counting

By Robert Gould, MD
Associate Adjunct Professor, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment; President of SF Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The dawn of CHE came at a cusp of our environmental health movement, when health professionals moved beyond efforts to reduce pollution emanating from the healthcare sector, toward transforming healthcare to respond to our climate crisis.  . . .

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Nov 21
2022

What’s new
Celebrating CHE’s Legacy & Future

By Kristin Schafer, MA
Director, Collaborative on Health & the Environment

Last Saturday afternoon, longtime environmental health leaders gathered in the Commonweal gallery in Bolinas, California to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). 

What an amazing roomful of people.  . . .

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Nov 10
2022

What’s new
Two Decades of Progress in Environmental Health & Science Communication

By Pete Myers, PhD
Chief Scientist and Board Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, Board Chair of the Science Communication Network

After Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and I published Our Stolen Future in 1996, we got “slapped” by one of the most prominent science journalists of the day, Gina Kolata writing for the New York Times. Among her criticisms was that one chemical can’t cause a plethora of diseases.  It was one chemical, one disease, like asbestos and mesothelioma.  . . .

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Nov 1
2022

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Generation X-Y-Z: Bridging the Gap Between Then and Now

By Julia Varshavsky, PhD, MPH (she/her)
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Northeastern University

My passion for environmental health and justice took hold twenty years ago in college at the University of California, Berkeley, where I learned of the disproportionate health problems faced by communities that have been historically marginalized — many of which included low-income residents, immigrants, black, indigenous, or people of color.  . . .

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Oct 31
2022

What’s new
Our CHE Team is Growing!

By Kristin Schafer, MA
Director, Collaborative on Health & the Environment

One of the many things I’ve been focusing on as I get my feet on the ground here at CHE is building a strong team to move our work forward into the next 20 years. I’m very excited to announce that Dr. Rachel Massey will be joining us next month as our Senior Science and Policy Advisor.
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Oct 20
2022

What’s new
Cancer and Chemicals

By Margaret Kripke, PhD
Professor Emerita, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

 

Like most cancer researchers, I was initially quite skeptical of the importance of environmental factors in causing cancer. But several years ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, of which I was a member, did a year-long study of this issue, which dramatically changed my outlook.  . . .

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