The Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment (CNHHE) is hosted by the New Brunswick Lung Association. The Network is concerned with broad human health-related environmental issues relating to air, water, soil, food, climate change, and consumer products. Membership is free and open to non-governmental, research, and healthcare professionals, government policy-makers and individuals who are interested in the connections between human health and environmental exposures.
At the present time, the primary focus of the network is to engage members in the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) run jointly by Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada:
- Inform members about substances being assessed by the CMP via e-mail, the website, and social media.
- Engage members in the CMP’s public comment periods about draft screening assessment and proposed risk management documents.
- Select delegates to attend CMP stakeholder consultations.
- Educate the broader public about environmental health issues.
Engagement in the public comment periods is sometimes achieved through free online webinars about a particular substance. Participants learn about the substance from those with expert knowledge. Comments and questions on draft documents about the substance are then summarized and sent to the Chemicals Management Plan. Experts on various chemicals are also solicited to provide comments for which we can pay an honorarium.
Free online webinars are also provided about environmental health-related subjects by the CNHHE, by the Network in collaboration with Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada, or in conjunction with other Environmental Health NGOs.