Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
January 23, 2015 by Andrea Levinson
As we reflect on 2014 and look forward to the year ahead, HEFN is truly grateful for its strong leaders. In this blog post, Andrea Levinson of HEFN discusses HEFN’s leadership transitions and thanks its Steering Committee for their stellar leadership in its mission to maximize philanthropy’s impact on environmental health and environmental justice.
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December 8, 2014 by Shorey Myers
You may have heard post-election predictions that trade agreements are one of the only topics on which the President and the Republicans think they can find common ground. In fact, the proposed trade deals are about a lot more than “trade,” and they would be a disaster for public health and the environment. In this blog post, Shorey Myers of the Jenifer Altman Foundation summarizes the major concerns about these trade deals and what can be done about them.
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David Fukuzawa, Cecilia Estolano and Miya Yoshitani at HEFN 2014 Annual Meeting
November 14, 2014 by Kathy Sessions
“We have faith in a different vision of 2029, because we have witnessed our own power to change the future.” These encouraging words from Michele Prichard of the Liberty Hill Foundation opened and framed HEFN’s 2014 annual meeting, Fifteen Forward: Strategies for a Healthy Future, which was held on October 27-28 in Los Angeles, California. In this blog post, HEFN Director Kathy Sessions reflects on the takeaways from the lively two-day meeting, which used a problem-solving lens to explore visions, tools and strategies for shaping healthier realities by 2029.
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September 29, 2014 by Grant Oliphant
A just-published Yale University study finding that people who live near natural gas wells suffer from higher rates of respiratory and skin ailments than people who live farther away has come under fire from pro-drilling industry associations. The Yale-led study, conducted in southwestern Pennsylvania with funding from The Heinz Endowments, was clear in its scope and limitations. It sought to determine whether living in close proximity to a gas well correlates with health effects of any kind.
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August 1, 2014 by Kathy Sessions
What do people organizing for environmental justice, advocating for healthier housing and building materials, mapping hotspots of pollution and poverty, or monitoring impacts of oil and gas production have in common? They’re all creatively using data-sharing to engage lots of people in identifying, understanding and solving problems. In this blog post, Kathy Sessions discusses how HEFN held a meeting and has published a paper to help our environmental health and justice funder community explore the opportunities of using data-sharing efforts to scale up the environmental health and justice movement.
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