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Washington StateThe Collaborative on Health and the Environment – Washington

A Partnership Network for Environmental Health
Established and Coordinated by the Institute for Children's Environmental Health

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father and child2013 Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum

Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies: Preventing Harmful Environmental Exposures Before and During Pregnancy

See presentations on the Forum webpage.

A panel of national and local speakers spoke 'interview style' on basic science and emerging issues. Participant comments:

I will be able to incorporate a lot of information in patient care and community outreach efforts. It's wonderful to have new connections and resources.
Helped to guide my career directions. I am making a career change into public health.
I will focus on providing information in a community conversation about women's exposure.

Childen's Environmental Health Group Meetings

The CHE-WA Children's Environmental Health (CEH) Working Group strives to eliminate children's harmful environmental exposures in the Puget Sound region and beyond during their most critical developmental years: pre-conception to age eight. Learn more about upcoming meetings on our Meetings page and review materials from past meetings on the CEH group page.

Clearinghouse of Environmental Health Resources

See CHE-National's site which includes Toxicant and Disease Database, Searchable Calendar, News Feed/Announcements, Partnership Calls, Consensus Statements & Resolutions, Portal to Science, Cancer Resources, Fertility Resources, Children's Health Resources and more.

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


About us

Our focus
Environmental health issues linked to chronic health concerns in Washington State

Our goal
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.

Our members
We are a state network of over 400 researchers, healthcare providers, members of health-affected groups, environmental health and justice advocates and other concerned citizens.

Become a Member
Join CHE-WA and CHE. Members of CHE-WA are also automatically members of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). We welcome all individuals and organizations that share CHE's mission and values. Membership is free. There are no membership obligations. Be sure to mark that you want to join the Washington State Regional Group at the bottom of the application. A number of CHE-WA members are based in eastern Washington or as far as Montana. For more information about CHE-WA, contact Aimee Boulanger at or 360-969-2028.

Current activities

  1. Quarterly, face-to-face meetings
  2. The Children's Environmental Health Working Group
    Members actively work to eliminate children's harmful environmental exposures during their most critical developmental years: pre-conception to age eight. The group hosts a biannual Children's Environmental Health Forum. The next Forum will be held December 4, 2013 (details in the column at right).

Join CHE-WA listserv
CHE publishes an email update drawn from CHE's news feed, published most business days. To join the CHE-WA listserv, become a CHE partner and select the Washington State group from among the working group options.

Though CHE and its chapters do 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.

Past activities (click to access reports and findings)

  1. The Climate Change and Health Working Group worked to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on human health and bring health issues into the discussion.
  2. The Environmental Justice Working Group 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.
  3. The Precautionary Principle Working Group focused on incorporating precautionary language in the comprehensives plans for King County and Seattle.
  4. The Research and Information Working Group analyzed data on environmental contributors to chronic health problems and on the environmentally attributable health care costs in Washington State.

New directions
CHE-WA supports the emergence of other working groups that promote activities for the benefit all organizational efforts whether in research, education and/or advocacy.

CHE-WA began as CHE-Northwest in 2003, as 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.