2016 Year in Review

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A look back at HEFN's work in 2016 finds this funder community actively learning and collaborating to help solve environmental health and justice problems. This year-in-review also highlights groundwork and partnerships in place to make even more difference in 2017.

Health Affairs Highlights Environmental Health Philanthropy

Health Affairs article
Find out why and where foundations have invested millions of dollars so that the public, policymakers, and professionals can more easily consider environmental health in decisions. A new peer-reviewed article summarizes the philanthropic case with many examples of this grantmaking.

Nearly 1/4 of deaths linked to unhealthy environments

WHO Infographic
Global experts link 12.6 million deaths annually and over 100 diseases to unhealthy environments. Their good news: improving conditions can save lives and improve the health of vulnerable people.
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Welcome

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January 9, 2017, Kathy Sessions
We're pleased to share a review of HEFN’s work in 2016. It was a year of milestones and movements, of political tensions and strengthening...
Lead Summit
November 8, 2016, Ruth Hennig
Question: When is achieving 97 percent of a goal not good enough? Answer: When the unfinished 3 percent represents over half a million lead poisoned children. Just as...
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about fracking's impact and how grantmakers are helping

Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
Jalonne White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public...
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...
Steering Committee Member
Vanessa Daniel is Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund.  She currently serves as co-chair of the Health & Environmental Funders Network steering committee.
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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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Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is Director of the Environment & Health Program 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.
Steering Committee Member
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...
Director
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.       
Director
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.
Steering Committee Member
David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.
Steering Committee Member
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...

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