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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.

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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 Fliers 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 be 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday December 8, 2016, at Department of Health and Human Services, Columbia Center, 15th Floor, Rainier Conference Room, 701 5th Ave Seattle (downtown Seattle, map).

The topic is Looking Ahead to 2017: New Administration, New CHE-WA Leadership; Emerging Issues in Children's Environmental Health. Steve Gilbert, PhD, DABT, director and founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), will speak. He is an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington and affiliate associate professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell. His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals was published in 2004 and the second enhanced edition is available as a free e-book ( Most recently he has started a wiki-based website Toxipedia with the mission of connecting science and people. Access the agenda. 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. The call in number is 1-877-780-6644, Participant Passcode: 61494309. Please RSVP by Tuesday November 8. 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

Training Materials, Articles, Outreach and Consultation


We create trainings and materials tailored to your needs. For example:

1. Seattle Public Schools: Helping teachers clean with less toxic chemicals. Cleaning for Health in the Classroom project—2015
Training focus: Reducing exposures to children from overuse of disinfecting chemicals in the classroom

This project supports teachers who may choose to clean in their classrooms beyond custodial routines. Seattle Public Schools have adopted its recommendations. Includes a classroom guide. View the training materials and project overview:

Green Cleaning Kit
PowerPoint Presentations Other Material Presented
School Staff presentation Cleaning for Health classroom guide
School Nurses presentation Project Overview
Green Cleaning Kit (shown at right)

CHE-WA trainer is an environmental health consultant and a parent of a child in the Seattle Public Schools.

2. Northwest Hazardous Material Management Association (NAHMMA—a conference workshop for those in the hazardous materials management profession—2015
Training focus: An overview to reducing toxic exposures before, during, and after pregnancy. View the training materials:

PowerPoint Presentations Other Material Presented
Healthy Environments for the Next Generation: Before, during and after Pregnancy CHE-WA informational flier: Healthy Kids Offer Hope for a Healthy World: One-page flier for email distribution and Two-page flier for printing

CHE-WA member trainers came from The Washington State Department of Ecology, Public Health—Seattle & King County, and the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders.

3. Washington State Environmental Health Association (WSEHA)—three statewide trainings for WSEHA and other environmental health professionals—2011
Training focus: Healthy homes and reducing chemical exposures. 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

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 10, Public Health—Seattle & King County, and the American Lung Association.


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:

  1. Healthy Home Environments Improve Child Health 8/2012
  2. New CDC Lead Exposure Recommendations Target Levels Above 5 µg/dL 4/2013
  3. Pesticide Exposure in Children 5/2013

Outreach and consultation

We connect professionals and the general public with free patient and provider education materials about toxic exposures to pregnant women and young children. For example:

For more information contact Gail Gensler at