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Who We Are

Women for a Healthy Environment is a group of women united by a passion for learning more about the environmental topics raised at the Women’s Health & the Environment conferences, a free event sponsored by Teresa Heinz, The Heinz Endowments and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. This conference features nationally renowned environmental scientists, writers and activists who share the newest science examining the possible links between the environment and our health.  

Following the 2007 Women’s Health and the Environment conference, a number of women were asked to volunteer their expertise to determine how to best educate and involve women – and the men who love them – about issues related to women’s health and the environment. Women across western Pennsylvania who had a common goal of making our region as strong and healthy as it can be joined this network, which is now called Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE).


Women for a Healthy Environment educates and empowers women to act as ambassadors about environmental risks so that they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families and advocate for change for a better tomorrow for all.



WHE embraces the participation of program participants, volunteers, staff and board of directors without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/reassignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

WHE seeks to foster an organization that believes in inclusion where individuals and cultural differences and talents are valued. Our organization is dedicated to helping all succeed. WHE recognizes that a wide range of perspectives, talents and experiences enables the organization to perform optimally. WHE values the diversity of its program participants, volunteers, staff and board, and firmly believes that an inclusive environment serves to strengthen the ties between WHE and our constituents and is essential to the success of our organization and mission.



WHE provides reasonable accommodation to program participants and staff. If you have a disability (defined by applicable law as a condition that is permanent and not temporary) and feel that an adjustment or change is needed to attend a program because of the limitations caused by your disability, it is your obligation to make that need known to us so we may begin the interactive process to find a reasonable accommodation.

For futher information, contact Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis at 412-404-2872