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The Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) was established in 2008 to provide a platform for sustained communication and the development of collaborations among researchers, policymakers, NGOs and others working in the field of environment, health and development in China. 
 
       Concern about the impact of environmental change on health in China is growing, but the knowledge base and the capacity of government and civil society to respond to environment-related health risks is still quite limited. Because the drivers of environmental health risks stem from complex interactions between natural and social environments, collaboration between researchers with different disciplinary expertise is essential in order to understand and respond effectively. FORHEAD was established to expand the knowledge base, promote the exchange of information among professionals from of different disciplinary and professional backgrounds working in the field, and incubate cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations. FORHEAD holds an annual conference featuring new research, and policy and NGO initiatives in the field, it also organizes an interdisciplinary Summer Institute that provides intensive training for early career researchers and NGO staff. Through publications, web-based resources and seminars, FORHEAD seeks to make research on environment and health issues available to a broad range of publics.