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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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Of Note

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.

Northwest Kids Environmental Health Group listserv

Join to read and post information, events and opportunities specifically regarding children's environmental health news in the Northwest. Go to; scroll down to Environmental Education, click on Northwest Kids Environmental Health Group and follow the directions. You will need to sign up in order to post and receive messages.

Questions? Contact Holly Davies, WA State Department of Ecology, at 360-407-7398 or hdav461@ECY.WA.GOV.


What do we really know about how our children are affected by toxic exposures, especially during their critical developmental years?

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.

Children's Environmental Health Working Group

Welcome to the home page for the Children's Environmental Health Working Group!

Upcoming meeting information

About Us

We are a working group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment – Washington (CHE-WA). Over 100 members represent local, state and regional government agencies, research organizations, nonprofit environmental and children's health advocacy groups and business. We include health educators, researchers, health care providers, advocacy group members and laypeople. We welcome new members. For more information, and to receive meeting invitations, contact Gail Gensler at or 206-263-1654.

Children's Environmental Health Working Group Flyers to Share or Print

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Mission and Goals

Our mission is to work collaboratively with diverse groups 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.

Our Mission and Goals statement emphasizes the need for diverse groups to come together to identify gaps and overlaps in messages, services and campaigns, as each member group works to eliminate children's harmful environmental exposures.

Past projects


(see PowerPoint file)
In 2007, interviews with 30 regional stakeholders showed the majority felt a need for a new group to meet and bridge the gap between environmental and children's health groups. Our first meeting was in December of 2007.

CHE-WA Children's Environmental Health Working Group's next meeting will be 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday June 11, 2015, at the The American Lung Association, located at 822 John Street in South Lake Union on the corner of 9th and John.

Gillian Mittlestaedt and Krysta Thornton with the Tribal Healthy Homes Network and the Tulalip Tribes will present the Air Matters kit. View the agenda and the presentation slides. To access the presentation remotely, please join our web-conferencing. Simply click on the link and enter as a guest with your first and last name.

Telephone access is also available for this meeting. Please RSVP by Tuesday June 9, 2015. To RSVP or for more information, contact Gail Gensler at or 206-263-1654.

Meeting Schedules

CHE-Washington's Children's Environmental Health (CEH) Working Group meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, except for July and August. Open to the public. Location varies around Puget Sound. Find details of upcoming meeting in the box at right. Information and materials from past meetings are below. For more information, and to receive meeting invitations, contact Gail Gensler at or 206-263-1654.

Meeting Notes









Meeting Presentations and Handouts

The Healthcare Providers Outreach Project

We continue to work to help healthcare providers learn more about children's environmental health issues and what they can do about them. For example:

  1. Articles. We support the placement of articles in healthcare provider journals. See the following articles in Developments, the online newsletter of the Washington Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics:
  2. Outreach and consultation. We connect healthcare providers with free, patient and provider education materials about toxic exposures to pregnant women and young children. For example:
    • The Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit. Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics; offers providers continuing education credits.
    • The NW PEHSU. The Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at the University of Washington medical experts can provide free telephone consultations to health care providers, parents, and community members.
    • Topical consultations. CHE-WA member experts can provide free consultations on topics such as lead exposures to children, healthy housing programs, and childcare exposure issues.
  3. Trainings. We create trainings tailored to your needs. For example:

    In 2011, at the request of the Washington State Environmental Health Association (WSEHA), CHE-WA's CEH Working Group developed and offered three, credited CEH trainings for WSEHA members across the state.

    The learning objectives for the trainings were:
    • Describe how current work activities have a positive impact on children's environmental health.
    • Identify and remediate common home environmental health hazards.
    • Describe possible sources of lead exposure, including ethnic remedies, among children in Washington.
    • Discuss recommendations for future public health activities at the state and local levels to improve children's environmental health.
    CHE-WA member trainers came from the Washington State Department of Health, The Washington State Department of Ecology, EPA-Region X, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and the American Lung Association.

    View the training materials:
    PowerPoint Presentations Other Material Presented
    Lead and Healthy Homes
    Healthy Homes
    Chemical Action Plans
    Healthy Homes Brochure
    Summary of Key Messages
    Memo: Decision to include expenses for children identified with elevated blood lead levels as an eligible expense in Site Hazard Assessment (SHA) grants.
    Resources for Families of Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels (lead poisoning)
    Children's Environmental Health Resource List

For more information contact Gail Gensler at