Foundation Announcement

Friday, July 28th was Executive Director, Melanie Gillespie’s last day with the foundation. All at Healthy Gen are very thankful to Melanie for her dedication, compassion, and energy given to the mission, its partnerships, and our people. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her next exciting venture.

Foundation for Healthy Generations’ Board of Directors and staff continue the mission of creating enduring health equity. We continue our commitment to community-based health and policy & advocacy under the leadership of Kathy Burgoyne and Julie Peterson, respectively. We look forward to many more years of strong collaborations with our community partners.

During our transition, Ben Robinson, our Senior Director of Administration & Finance, will be in the role of Interim Executive Director. If you have any questions regarding Healthy Gen during this period, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ben at, 206 832-1913.

Healthy Living Collaborative

The Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC), believes positive change comes from building multi-sector partnerships that acknowledge the complex drivers of health in the modern world, then authentically connecting that collective impact infrastructure to community quality of life and community wisdom.

The HLC's members include health care, public health, social services, education, faith, a tribal nation, housing services, transportation, private enterprise, and more. On the strength of this diverse membership, the HLC mobilizes our communities around the key issues, creating a path for local solutions to be actualized by health systems and community organizations working in deliberate and focused partnership with the people who live in the most vulnerable communities.

The HLC is built from the ground up to align policy and systems work with community-led initiatives in order to transform partnerships, seeking change into movements that create it. For this there is a three-fold approach:

HOPE Happens Newsletter, July 14, 2016

Here at Healthy Gen we continue to find inspiration and hope in the incredible work being done every day, by many of you, to create enduring health equity. As you know, it's not easy work but it's important and critical work if we are to create the just, equitable and healthy world we all want to leave for our children...  

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Governor Inslee to Sign Bill Regulating E-Cig Products

With the new emergence of e-cigarette devices, we have seen children poisoned by the liquids used for e-cigs, and use of the devices on the rise among youth. 

Senate Bill 6328 brings statewide regulation and enforcement to a nearly unregulated e-cigarette market, strengthening protections against the sale of these harmful products to youth. 

ESSB 6328 will also: 

  • Mandate child resistant packaging and prohibit the sale of e-cig products from open display cases where kids can grab them. We know that these liquids are very dangerous to children, even a drop or two can poison a young child!
  • Double the fines for selling tobacco products to minors, the first increase in 23 years and it pays for enforcement, prevention and education.
  • Prohibit vaping in child care centers, elevators, playgrounds, school buses, schools and 500 feet from schools.
  • Healthy Gen is proud to have provided support and coordination to the many advocates working on this issue!

We're absolutely honored to announce that this historic bill was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on 4/19 at the Science of HOPE.

HOPE Happens Newsletter April 7

In this edition of HOPE Happens we explore 'grit,' building healthier communities by learning from Community Health Workers (CHWs), and request your support for mapping Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience initiatives throughout Washington state.

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HOPE Happens March 31

In this edition of HOPE Happens we highlight the amazing work of Dr. Maxine Hayes and Senator Rosa Franklin, to be honored on April 20th at our annual conference, The Science of HOPE. 

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March 16 HOPE Happens Newsletter

HOPEtivist update! In this edition of HOPE Happens we explore the key to a happy life (spoiler alert: it's relationships!) and we see the incredible work that Sarah Stewart, a senior at Mercer Island High School, is continuing to do in legislature.

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Congratulations Liz Davis!

Congratulations to Liz Davis for her nomination to the 2015 South Sound 40 Under Forty group for her advocacy for education and the welfare of children and youth!

Liz is Co-Founder & CEO of Northwest Venture Philanthropy, co-chair along with Healthy Gen's Melanie Gillespie of the Essentials for Childhood Community & Stakeholder Education & Action Workgroup and a newly educated NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) trainer.

We're lucky to have such a passionate advocate for children and youth in Washington State!


Congratulations HLC Community Health Worker graduates!

On February 23, 2015, after 8 weeks of intensive training with the Multnomah County Capacitation Team, 26 Community Health Workers from the Healthy Living Collaborative of SW Washington celebrated their graduation!

Healthy Living Collaborative - Current State Policy Agenda

Recent Health Policy Support & Success Initiatives
Safe Streets – Speed Reduction
Healthier Next Generation
Invest $500,000 in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (helps low-income seniors, new moms and young children buy fresh produce directly from 560 Washington farmers through the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs)