High Health Stakes in Chemicals Policy

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Advocates and funders have been investing in an overhaul of U.S. chemicals policy for over a decade, but the next few months will be critical. The stakes for public health are high as Congress moves towards reforming America’s flawed toxic chemicals law.

Make the Invisible Visible

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People are finding many creative ways to make environmental health problems more visible... as a step towards making conditions healthier.

What's in the Budget for Environmental Health?

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So are we! Read our blog post to learn what President Obama proposed to spend on environmental health in his recent 2016 budget request.
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Welcome

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April 22, 2015, Jeff Wise
Advocates and funders have been investing in an overhaul of U.S. chemicals policy for over a decade, but the next few months...
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March 30, 2015, Kathy Sessions
It’s much easier to understand and tackle problems we can see. Often a very real health threat from some environmental condition is not getting the...
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about fracking's impact and how grantmakers are helping

Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.
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Steering Committee Member
Shenyu Belsky is program director for the Southern China portion of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pivotal Place program, where her work focuses on environment and health, energy and climate, and community leadership.
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Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is Program Director for Science and Environment at The Heinz Endowments. He directs the foundation’s environmental stewardship grantmaking and research work focusing on air and water quality and environmental impacts on human health.
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Carolyn Fine Friedman is Chair of the Fine Fund. The Fund, created in 1997, supports organizations using complementary strategies to eliminate toxic chemicals from humans and the ecosystem. The Fund gives to organizations that conduct scientific research to detect and publicize the unintended harms...
Program Assistant
Andrea Levinson joined HEFN as its Program Assistant in July of 2011. She manages HEFN’s membership program, updates and maintains the HEFN website, prepares E-newsletters, assists with meeting program development, schedules conference calls and meetings, provides research support, and performs...
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Patricia Jenny is Vice President for Grants at The New York Community Trust, New York City’s community foundation, overseeing a $40 million annual program supporting the City’s nonprofits across 20 different issue areas.
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Steering Committee Member
Andrea Bretting joined the Claneil Foundation in 2008, bringing with her many years of experience with local, national and international nonprofits. She began her career in Philadelphia as a community social worker. While li
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Vanessa Daniel is Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund.  Vanessa has 18 years of experience working in social justice movements as a union and community organizer, researcher, freelance journalist, and social justice grantmaker.
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Kathy Sessions is one of HEFN’s two Directors. In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build HEFN and environmental health philanthropy ever since.
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Amy Panek serves as the Program Officer for the Park Foundation’s Environment Program, with its grant-making focused on ensuring drinking water in the United States is clean, affordable and accessible, and is protected and managed as a public good.  The Foundation supports organizations working...
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Earl Lui is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), assigned to grantmaking related to environmental health and work and health. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest and grant proposals and making funding recommendations related to those health issues.
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Karla Fortunato joined HEFN's staff in 2004.  As one of HEFN's two Directors, Karla's day-to-day activities include managing HEFN's finances, operations, member engagement and collaboration, and special projects.       

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