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

See more about the CHE-Washington Children's Environmental Health Working Group.

Sponsors

Collaborative on Health and the Environment/Institute for Children's Environmental Health

Washington State Department of Ecology

Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington

United States Environmental Protection Agency

North American Hazardous Materials Management Association

Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders

Portage Bay Café

Seattle Children's

Uncle Matt's® Organic Juices

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Program
Speakers
Resource Guide for Children's Environmental Health

CHE-WA's Children's Environmental Health Working Group was thrilled to host its third biennial Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum on December 4, 2013, in Tukwila, Washington. A diverse audience participated from the public health, community health outreach, early childhood education, nursing, clinical practice, academic and government sectors. The goal of the event was to empower the individuals and organizations in this broad coalition to leverage new knowledge and connections to work toward creating healthy environments for healthy babies. Forty nurses attended the event and received nursing credits. Attendees received a resource guide for children's environmental health.

A panel of national and local speakers spoke 'interview style' on both the underlying science of reproductive health and emerging issues. The MC created frequent opportunities for audience participation, and attendee comments were overwhelmingly positive.

The different perspectives helped to frame the many issues surrounding toxics and health—will use information in messaging to public and building connections.
I will be able to incorporate a lot of information in patient care and community outreach efforts. It's wonderful to have new connections/resources.
We're looking at starting a new program with a focus on small children. Just being here today helped me think through our next steps.
I work with pregnant women and their babies. I will be able to better explain hazardous household chemicals, reduce risks from pesticides, possible harmful links between chemicals and other harmful substances and their possible health effects.

Program

See the five-video playlist or watch one part at a time.

Title Speakers Links
Part 1—Opening and Welcome
An introduction to the Washington Chapter of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-WA) and the CHE-WA Children's Environmental Health Working Group
MC: Margo Young , EPA Region 10
  • Aimee Boulanger, Collaborative on Health and the Environment-Washington
  • Gail Gensler, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
Video
10:00 minutes, 22 MB
Part 2—Reproductive Health 101
The science of human fertility, conception and fetal development
Moderator: Elise Miller, Collaborative on Health and the Environment
  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science and Environmental Health Network
  • Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
  • Karin Gunther Russ, MS, RN, Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, Collaborative on Health and the Environment
  • Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH, University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Kim Harley, PhD, Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, UC Berkeley
Video
1:27:01, 1.05 GB

Dr. Ted Schettler's slides
Dr. Susan Buchanan's slides
Part 3—Cumulative Exposures
Cumulative Impacts to Health
How stress, nutrition, poverty and chemical exposures work together to impact reproductive health and the developing child
Moderator: Elise Miller, Collaborative on Health and the Environment
  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science and Environmental Health Network
  • Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Emma Medicine White Crow, WA Governor's Interagency Committee on Health Disparities
  • Kim Harley, PhD, Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, UC Berkeley
Video
1:19:15, 1.57 GB

Dr. Ted Schettler's slides
Part 4—Effective Action
Case studies of exciting new efforts to protect reproductive health
Moderator: Heather Trim, Science & Policy Director, Futurewise
  • Robert Gould, MD, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
  • Laurie Valeriano, Washington Toxics Coalition
  • Toni Marthaller-Andersen, MSN, Women to Wellness, Whidbey Island
  • Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Corey Colwell-Lipson, Psychotherapist for Women and Couples
  • Holly Davies, PhD, WA Department of Ecology
  • Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
Video
1:06:35, 1.63 GB
Part 5—Emerging Science, Hot Topics: Reason for Alarm?
What do we know? How best to practice the precautionary principle? Includes a look at electromagnetic fields, nanoparticles, obesogens, Fukushima aftermath, and endocrine disruptors.
Moderator: Aimee Boulanger, Children's Environmental Health Working Group—Washington
  • Steven Gilbert, PhD, Institute for Neurotoxicology and Neurological Development
  • Elise Miller, MEd, Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment
  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network
  • Robert Gould, MD, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
  • Kim Harley, PhD, Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, UC Berkeley
  • Karin Gunther Russ, MS, RN, Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, Collaborative on Health and the Environment
Video
1:03:42 1.56 GB

Steering Committee

Aimee Boulanger, Collaborative on Health and the Environment—Washington
Karen Bowman, Karen Bowman & Associates Inc.
Holly Davies, Washington State Department of Ecology
Carolyn Gleason, US Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration
Gail Gensler, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
Steve Gilbert, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders
Sonia Hoglander, HomEvolution
Rachel Koller, Healthy Home Focus
Kristina Larson, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Gretchen Stewart, Environmental Protection Agency
Nicole Thomsen, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
Heather Trim, Futurewise
Dennis Weaver, Change Your Food—Change Your Life!™
Margo Young, Environmental Protection Agency

Questions?

Questions about the Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum? Contact gail.gensler@kingcounty.gov.