Who We Serve
Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) educates individuals about environmental risks to human health, provides action steps communities can take to mitigate those risks, and advocates for solutions to better protect the region. The population served includes parents, students, children, school and early learning personnel, health and community-based organizations, with an emphasis on those living in underserved communities. Creating healthy spaces for children to live, learn and play is at the core of our work.
- Commitment: Maintaining the responsibility and focus of creating a healthier environment for all.
- Accountability: Utilizing the organization’s resources and properly stewarding its finances in a manner that is transparent, honest and responsible and maintains the public trust.
- Inclusiveness: Promoting collaboration, diversity and social justice within our organization and across all communities in which we work.
- Integrity: Advocating sound, evidence-based science, following the guidance of the precautionary principle, and safeguarding the handling of data, research and information.
- Vigilance: Fostering a culture that promotes a sustainable future for all.
Women for a Healthy Environment educates and empowers women to act as ambassadors about environmental risks so they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families and advocate for change for a better tomorrow for all.
Women for a Healthy Environment addresses environmental risks that impact public health through educational programming, community support, technical assistance and advocacy.
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Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) 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).
WHE in the Community
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, cultural differences and talents are valued. We are dedicated to helping all succeed and recognize a wide range of perspectives, talents and experiences enable our organization to perform optimally. WHE values the diversity of its program participants, volunteers, staff and board. We firmly believe 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 an adjustment or change is needed to attend a program due to 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.
- Submit a Speakers Bureau inquiry form
- call 412-404-2872
- Email: michelle@WomenForAHealthyEnvironment.org.