Elise Miller, MEd
Rereading CHE’s e-newsletter introductions published over this past year in recognition of CHE’s 10th anniversary, I am reminded how fortunate we are to work with such an array of truly remarkable leaders—leaders, like you, who are providing the critical thinking and unwavering commitment we need to move towards a healthier, more just and sustainable world. From the first piece in January 2012 by Philip Lee, MD, Former United States Assistant Secretary of Health and CHE’s Chair, to last month’s artful essay by Pam Miller, Executive Director of the Alaska Coalition Against Toxics and coordinator of CHE-Alaska, each introduction (2012 CHE newsletters) highlighted a different sector where CHE partners play a significant role in shaping environmental health research and policy.
Diabetes/obesity, healthy aging, reproductive health, and breast cancer are among the areas in which we’ve been most active. CHE has also been able to drive critical thinking on the emerging health science related to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and cumulative impacts. Another major thrust of our work this past year has been finding ways to articulate a complexity model for understanding how cumulative stressors—meaning not only chemicals, but other factors including the built, food, natural, socioeconomic and psychosocial environments—can result in a range of diseases and disabilities. In addition, our Environmental Health Primary Prevention trainings have educated a new cadre of professionals working in the areas of breast cancer, reproductive health and healthy aging about environmental health science who are now integrating this newfound knowledge in their respective sectors.