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Ruth Hennig
HEFN and this funder community are deeply grateful for Ruth Hennig’s many contributions to the environmental health movement. Here are Ruth’s reflections and advice as she prepares to move on after almost 30 years with the John Merck Foundation and step down...
President Obama signs the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act last year.
The story of last year’s passage of the first major piece of new environmental legislation in 20 years, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, is much like the story of almost any new legislation. Among advocates, we saw courageous...
Credit:  NASA
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 alliances.
Lead Summit
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 America has set other big goals, we must return to the “forgotten but not gone” tragedy of...
Flint Lead Poisoning Image - Flint Water Tower
With the widespread media coverage of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, cities, advocacy groups, and philanthropy have adjusted their assumption that the country’s laws and infrastructure assure the public safe and healthy drinking water. In response, the...
Senators Udall and Vitter
On June 7, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, potentially the most important new, non-energy-related environmental law in a generation. Whether this reform of the forty-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (...
Recent Prize Winners
Major awards are shining much-deserved light on champions of environmental health and justice. The recent winners have varied stories; there's a student, an attorney, a pediatrician, biologists, a grantmaker, and an environmental health advocate. But their...
Lead Levels Graphic
Clean drinking water is a health essential, but too often not people’s reality. This post explores what the unfolding story in Flint Michigan is revealing about environmental health hazards, as well as what it's catalyzing in philanthropy to improve...
Screenshot of Senate Committee Channel
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. This blog post provides a HEFN staff perspective on the unfolding chapter in the story of reforming America’s...
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...

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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

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