Childen's Environmental Health Group Meetings
CHE-Washington's Childen's Environmental Health (CEH) Working Group holds regular meetings. You can learn about upcoming meetings on our Meetings page and review materials from past meetings on the CEH group page.
Clearinghouse of Environmental Health Resources
CHE-WA is pleased to provide our members the following service: a searchable clearinghouse of health-related resources available in Washington State. This clearinghouse was supported by a grant from the Washington Tracking Network, a CDC-funded program working to improve the availability and interpretation of environmental public-health information.
This clearinghouse includes not only in-person and online trainings, but also materials from presentations to posters that our members may want to use when conducting their own trainings. Users can search by the type of resource, the target audience and/or the location of the resource.
To access this clearinghouse, use the "Resources" navigation tab at the top of this page or follow this link: http://www.chenw.org/cgi-bin/training.cgi.
Note: The website of CHE-WA reflects the emphasis and focus of CHE-WA. The interpretation of scientific information unique to the regional sites is under regional control and does not necessarily reflect CHE National's views. To learn more about CHE National please visit to www.healthandenvironment.org/.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment – Washington (CHE-WA), established originally as CHE-Northwest in 2003, is a state network of over 400 researchers, healthcare providers, members of health-affected groups, environmental health and justice advocates and other concerned citizens committed to addressing environmental health issues linked to chronic health concerns in Washington State. Our overarching goal is to promote the cross-pollination of ideas and opportunities between different sectors concerned with environmental contributors to chronic health problems in order to create a safe and healthy future for all in the Northwest.
CHE-WA began as CHE-Northwest, a regional offshoot of CHE National. With our Oregonian colleagues starting their own state CHE in February 2005 (CHE-OR), CHE-NW became CHE-WA. An umbrella CHE-NW website with sections for each of the state sites continues to facilitate information sharing and collaboration on regional issues.
CHE-WA holds quarterly, face-to-face meetings. During these meetings, we highlight emerging science in the environmental health field, share information on our respective activities, incubate new ideas and opportunities, and invite partners to present on a particular environmental health theme. To access meeting notes and documents, please visit our Meetings page.
CHE-WA has hosted several working groups:
- the Children's Environmental Health Working Group is working to
eliminate children's harmful environmental exposures during their most critical developmental years: pre-conception to age eight. This is the only one of CHE-WA's working groups that is currently active.
- the Climate Change and Health Working Group, which worked to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on human health and bring health issues into the discussion.
- the Environmental Justice Working Group, which worked to develop opportunities to create stronger alliances between environmental justice and environmental health and to instill a broader understanding that environmental health and justice are inherently linked.
- the Precautionary Principle Working Group, which focused on incorporating precautionary language in the comprehensives plans for King County and Seattle.
- the Research and Information Working Group, which analyzed data on environmental contributors to chronic health problems and on the environmentally attributable health care costs in Washington State.
CHE-WA also supports the emergence of other working groups that promote activities for the benefit all organizational efforts whether in research, education and/or advocacy.
In addition, CHE-WA publishes an email update on most business days in which new research, upcoming events, job openings, and other announcements related to environmental health issues in Washington State are posted. Though CHE-WA does not speak on behalf of all members nor take a stance as a coalition on a specific policy or regulatory issue, members are encouraged to share information on their programs and projects to increase collaboration on relevant initiatives.
We welcome all individuals and organizations that share CHE's mission and values. Though our meetings are in the Seattle area and a number of CHE-WA members are based in eastern Washington or as far as Montana, we try to make all meetings accessible via speaker phone. For more information about CHE, please see www.healthandenvironment.org/ and/or contact Aimee Boulanger, coordinator for CHE-WA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-969-2028.
Become a Member of CHE-WA
Please send inquiries about membership to email@example.com.
Members are invited to participate in the CHE-WA meetings and listserv, receiving our email updates. Members of CHE-WA are also members of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), which sends no more than four email messages per month. There are no other membership obligations.
To join the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) and CHE-Washington, please complete the form at www.healthandenvironment.org/roles/register?&phase=registerform. Be sure to mark that you want to join the Washington State Regional Group at the bottom of the application.