Communities

Communities

Everyone benefits when a community's air is clean, the water is safe to drink, and indoor and outdoor conditions are healthy.  Too often, hazards where people live, learn, work, and play - like lead in drinking water, air pollution outside or lead paint indoors - are causing preventable health problems.  Unhealthy environments are particularly dangerous for children and often worst in neighborhoods also burdened by problems like poverty.

HEFN members are supporting communities in assessing and addressing local hazards from many angles:

  • Health, improving conditions for healthy development and better health outcomes for all.
  • Environment, strengthening public awareness of our health stake in environmental protection.   
  • Social justice, enabling affected groups to organize and have greater voice in decisions. 
  • Community development, improving local livability and recreational opportunities, reducing pollution-related costs, and enhancing appeal for families and business. 

Recommended First Reads:

Recent posts on HEFN's Giving InSight blog related to Flint, Michigan's water crisis and philanthropic opportunities for action.

Assessing, Addressing, & Progressing:  Philanthropy Improves Community Environments and Health for All, a HEFN issue brief

Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, an Environmental Health News series

Related Funder Stories

The Liberty Hill Foundation talks about how their foundation has employed a multi-phased project to tackle environmental health concerns in six Los Angeles neighborhoods.

From Our Blog

Dolores Huerta (front row, 3rd from right) and community activists from the San Joaquin Valley.
Blog posted on September 4, 2019
HEFN's 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in Fresno in the thick of California’s San Joaquin Valley, which holds a number of valuable...
Kathy Sessions
Blog posted on July 27, 2019
In 1999, Michael Lerner at the Jenifer Altman Foundation and his colleagues were concerned that the health of people, wildlife, and...

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