Working Group Goals
The goals of the Research and Information Working Group are:
- To collect, integrate, analyze and interpret scientific information on health, exposures, and environmental quality in Washington State.
- To translate and disseminate this information so that it is useful to everyone.
- To assess the state of information on health and environmental quality in Washington State, including areas of uncertainty and gaps in information.
Highlights of 2006
In April 2006, The Research & Information Working Group launched a new website containing a 'clearinghouse' of information on health and environmental quality in Washington State.
The clearinghouse summarizes scientific information on chronic diseases and disabilities and environmental quality in Washington State and contains links and references to about 500 data sources. It deals with diverse topics such as asthma, urban sprawl & health, climate change, pesticides, adult and childhood cancer, contaminants in air, water and soil, and learning & developmental disabilities.
The clearinghouse was last updated in November 2006. Fact sheets corresponding to the topics in the clearninghouse were created and published in November 2006. Fact sheets are linked to each topic page or through the Enter Clearninghouse page. This work was completed with support from the Institute for Children's Environmental Health and Antioch University Seattle and was sponsored by the Seattle Biotech Legacy Foundation.
Also in 2006, Dr. Kate Davies, chair of the Collaborative for Health and Environment Washington's Research and Information Working Group, had an article on the "Economic Costs of Childhood Diseases and Disabilities Attributable to Environmental Contaminants in Washington State, USA" published in EcoHealth (a peer reviewed international journal) June 2006 issue (Volume 3 Issue 2, p. 86-94). This article is based on the study she completed in 2005 (see Highlights of 2005). Dr. Davies also published an article in the Journal of Environmental Health: Strategies for Eliminating and Reducing Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic Substances: Common Approaches, Emerging Trends, and Level of Success. Read the article abstract.
Highlights of 2005
In March 2005, Conscious Choice/Evergreen Monthly featured an article about the work of Kate Davies, MA, DPhil, Chair of the CHE – Washington Research and Information Working Group and Professor of Environment & Community and Associate Director of the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University. Read "On the Trail of Toxins" by Andrew Mulholland.
Then in July, 2005, the Research and Information Working Group released its second major report. This report on the Economic Costs of Diseases and Disabilities Attributable to Environmental Contaminants in Washington State showed that more than $2 billion a year in health care costs can be tied to diseases and disabilities linked to environmental contaminants (194 KB). In the fall of 2005, Dr. Davies published an article How Much Do Environmental Diseases and Disabilities Cost?, based on the study, and in January 2006, she published an article in Rachel's Democracy and Health News (Issue 836) on The Economic Costs of Environmental Diseases and Disabilities.
Highlights of 2004
Late in 2004, the Research and Information Working Group collected scientific information on health and environmental contaminants in Washington State and published a major report on "Health and Environmental Contaminants in Washington State: What We Know and What We Need to Know." The report presents scientific information on chronic diseases and disabilities including asthma, cardiovascular disease, adult and childhood cancer, lead exposure, birth defects, reproductive effects and developmental and neurobehavioral disabilities, and environmental contaminants in air, drinking water, food, and soil (91 kB).
This ground-breaking report is the basis for the clearinghouse of scientific information on health and environmental quality in Washington State.