Reflections from HEFN's 2014 Annual Meeting

HEFN 2014 Annual Meeting "Imagining 2029" Panel
So are we! Read our latest blog post about takeaways from HEFN's 2014 annual meeting, which used a problem-solving lens to explore visions, tools and strategies for shaping healthier realities by 2029.

Strengthening the Evidence Base to Improve Health Outcomes

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HEFN's new funder story discusses how the New York Community Trust's investment in research of mothers' exposures to toxic chemicals and their effects on children's health helped to improve health outcomes and strengthen the public health case for regulation of chemicals.

Natural Gas Drilling & the importance of science to philanthropy

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, discusses how philanthropy should ask important questions about how natural gas drilling is affecting our health, environment and communities, even if the answers might be inconvenient.
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Welcome

David Fukuzawa, Cecilia Estolano and Miya Yoshitani at HEFN 2014 Annual Meeting
November 14, 2014, Kathy Sessions
“We have faith in a different vision of 2029, because we have witnessed...
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September 29, 2014, 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...
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Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
Ellen Dorsey has 25 years' experience promoting international human rights, particularly economic and social rights, and advocating for environmental justice.
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...
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.       
Steering Committee Member
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.
Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is a senior officer with the Environment Program at The Heinz Endowments. He currently manages a grants portfolio and community initiatives that focus on environmental systems, ecology and ecosystems, public health and primary prevention, susceptible populations and vulnerable...
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
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.
Steering Committee Member
Amy 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...
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
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.
Steering Committee Member
David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.

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