Health and Environmental Funders Network
There are a variety of ways in which regional associations can collaborate with and utilize the resources offered by the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN). Below is a list of possible partnership activities:
- Good guest/good host relations: HEFN will notify Forum members when it plans to hold meetings in their locales that would be open to local funders. HEFN would welcome some meeting publicity from the relevant Forum member and would favorably consider requests for registration rates at HEFN member prices for publicizing Forum members.
- Forum member interest assessment: HEFN could craft an introductory message for Forum member identifying topics of potential shared interest on topics like:
- Environmental hazards and health;
- Toxic chemicals and chemicals policy reform;
- Environmental justice; and
- Public health, ecological, and community impacts of natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing
- Listservs: Forum and Forum member staff would be welcome to subscribe to HEFN's general listserv, with an advance agreement not to further circulate information without permission of the sender or HEFN staff. The general listserv is a read-only communication from HEFN staff with information about funder webinars, calls, meetings, and resources related to environmental health and environmental justice topics. We would consider, on a case-by-case basis, subscribing a Forum staffer or Forum member staffer to one of HEFN’s peer-to-peer communications listservs, including on issues noted above.
- HEFN Resources: HEFN could submit funder resources to the Forum for potential inclusion in the knowledge center and/or circulation to interested members.
- HEFN Programming: Forum and Forum member staff could participate in most HEFN calls and webinars. The easiest way to facilitate this is for interested Forum/Forum member staff to join HEFN's general listserv, through which HEFN regularly circulates its programming notices.
- HEFN advice for Forum members planning relevant programming. HEFN staff could assist and counsel Forum members in identifying speakers, background resources, and agenda topics related to environmental health and environmental justice topics.
- Customized or joint programming: HEFN could organize or co-organize a webinar, regional event, or other programming with the Forum, a cohort of Forum members, or a specific Forum member on a topic of mutual interest. Possibilities:
- "Health and the Environment 101" funder introduction to environmental impacts on health and related grantmaking strategies.
- "Who's funding what" program in an area in which HEFN members are making relevant investments (e.g., California; around the Marcellus Shale; Gulf Coast; states with toxics campaigns).
- Grantmaking on environmental contributors to health disparities and environmental justice.
- Environmental impacts on women's health concerns, and investments in women’s leadership on environmental health and justice.
- Development of customized resources. HEFN is interested in developing informational resources customized for place-focused grantmakers on environmental health and environmental justice grantmaking, likely to include both written materials and potentially a workshop template. We could explore possibilities for integrating this with HEFN-Forum collaboration, for example consulting with Forum members in design of the resources.