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The Collaborative on Health and the Environment – Northwest

A Partnership Network for Environmental Health

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The Collaborative on Health and the Environment – Northwest (CHE-NW) is a regional branch of CHE National, a nonpartisan partnership of over 4400 individuals and organizations. CHE seeks to raise the level of scientific and public dialogue about the role of environmental contaminants and other environmental factors in many of the common diseases, disorders and conditions of our time. Participation is open to health professionals, researchers, health-affected and patient groups, advocacy organizations and indeed anyone concerned about protecting the health of current and future generations from environmental harm.

CHE-NW now has three state initiatives: CHE-Washington (CHE-WA), established in March 2003; CHE-Oregon (CHE-OR), established in February 2005; and CHE-Alaska, established in December 2005. We have learned that it is important to focus on the state level so that members can collaborate on educational and policy efforts that are unique to their respective state (or city or county within that state) and participate in face-to-face meetings more easily. Regional CHE Groups will each develop their own "flavor" and areas of interest depending on those involved.

Many issues, however, cross state borders. By sharing information between states in the same region, we can also enhance and strengthen our collective work. For example, colleagues in both Washington and Oregon have been working to implement the precautionary principle. Learning which strategies have worked and which have not in different places helps us to take smarter steps in our own cities and counties.

Many other "overlapping" examples exist as well, and for this reason, we have chosen to create the CHE-NW website to serve as an umbrella for our regional efforts—a site where issues that are clearly of importance to all of us can be highlighted. Meanwhile, the state CHE initiatives will continue to update their respective pages for members who want to know about specific activities in their particular state.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please click on the state where you want to join for membership information or on the CHE National site and mention the state CHE with which you would like to engage.

Thank you for your interest.

Environmental Health News from the Pacific Northwest

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father and child2013 Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum

See presentations on the Forum webpage.

2011 Children's Environmental Health Forum

Open the Forum page.

The theme of the 2011 forum, Stepping It Up Together, was designed to encourage and increase new opportunities for cross collaboration and to engage with partners who share the mission of protecting children's health.

2009 Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum

Open the Forum web page.

The first day of the 2009 forum presented an overview of the current scientific research on the environmental factors impacting our children's health and intellectual potential. Elise Miller, national director of CHE, opened the event, and Ted Schettler, MD, science director for the CHE and the Science and Environmental Health Network, framed environmental factors in the broader context of social and economic stresses that together exacerbate children's ability to reach their full potential.

The second day focused on policy opportunities to better protect children's health. Ron Sims, then Undersecretary for Housing and Urban Development, and Martha Berger, from EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection, offered perspectives on national efforts to protect children's environmental health.

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-NW reflects the emphasis and focus of CHE-NW. 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


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 above at right).


The Collaborative on Health and the Environment$#8212;Oregon (CHE-OR) is a regional group which first met on February 3, 2005, when nearly 100 researchers, health care practitioners, advocacy groups, funders and concerned individuals gathered at Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). The Oregon Environmental Council, in partnership with the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the OHSU Prevention Research Center hosted this initial meeting.

The CHE-OR listserv is for the purposes of sharing new research, upcoming events and policy/regulatory initiatives related to environmental health issues in the Northwest.

We welcome all interested CHE Partners. For more information on how you can get involved in CHE-OR, Visit the CHE-Oregon website or contact Oregon Environmental Council at


The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)-Alaska formed as a regional group in December 2005 following the Alaska Conference on Health and the Environment. We invite participation from health care professionals, researchers, health-affected and patient groups, students, educators, advocacy organizations, and any individual concerned about protecting the health of current and future generations from environmental harm.

Visit the CHE-Alaska website.