N.E.A.R. Sciences Speakers Bureau

Foundation for Healthy Generations is committed to building awareness of N.E.A.R. sciences. We have expanded this work to include hosting a Speakers Bureau of passionate individuals to increase capacity to disseminate N.E.A.R. education and invite and support powerful partnerships to create enduring health equity.

The Speakers Bureau features ACE Interface education for a cohort of 25 highly motivated individuals, providing an opportunity to further the development of capacity in our state. In the Speakers Bureau we have invested in a group of people who care deeply about health equity and who are working together as educators and coaches to activate, elevate and inform community voice, accelerate its strength through shared learning and N.E.A.R. informed action, and thereby transform community conditions for health.

Members of the N.E.A.R. Speaker Bureau have been trained to present N.E.A.R. science with fidelity and facilitate dialogue informed by and using the N.E.A.R. sciences. These N.E.A.R. Expert Presenters & Coaches use high quality materials that have been approved by content experts, improved through field experience, and proven to be effective with diverse audiences.

We appreciate your interest in the N.E.A.R.Speaker Bureau and helping support awareness, knowledge and application of the N.E.A.R. sciences in Washington. Contact us for more information!

Become a N.E.A.R. Speaker

At this time we are still in the certification period for the first cohort. We will be in dialogue with this first cohort to support design for next cohort in the Fall of 2016.

If you are interested in applying to be a N.E.A.R. Presenter please contact Karenb@healthygen.org with the following information and we will connect with you when the application period opens:

  1. NAME
  4. SPONSORING ORG (if applicable)


Host a NEAR Sciences Event

Interested in hosting a NEAR educational event? Please contact Karenb@healthygen.org to be connected with a NEAR Speaker.

Please consider the following questions & submit your responses with your inquiry, if you are unsure of an answer please answer to the best of your ability: 

  1. Who is your audience?
  2. How many participants do you expect?
  3. Where will your event be located?
  4. Is the event solely NEAR focused or will the NEAR education be part of a larger event?  If part of a larger event, what are the other topics being discussed/introducted?
  5. How much time do you have to commit to NEAR education?
  6. What would you like to see happen as a result of hosting this event?
  7. What is your audiences previous NEAR exposure?
  8. Are there specific topics that you are aware of, associated with NEAR, that is important to you to be highlighted or to take a deeper dive into?

NEAR Expert Presenter & Coach Certification Process

Healthy Gen sees the NEAR Expert Presenter & Coaching certification process as one of the many specializations needed to create comprehensive responses to the social and health issues in our state. Diversity is also very important to us. We recognize that every individual brings with them existing skills, wisdom and experience. 

From application to certification we are working to get to know the members of our NEAR Speakers Bureau and what their greatest strengths are that support moving the needle towards health equity. In doing so we can better support them in highlighting those strengths, providing additional training opportunities to further their development and match them with local partners for providing trainings where they can bring all of their strengths to the table.

Once fully certified, being a NEAR Expert Presenter & Coach also means that these individuals will be qualified to train a new cadre of presenters and speakers on the NEAR material.

The NEAR Speaker members are volunteers in their role as NEAR Expert Presenters & Coaches. Some may be sponsored by an organization while others are not. When these individuals were selected to become part of the NEAR Speaker Bureau we asked them to join our efforts to expand the capacity to share the NEAR science bundle in Washington with the goal of improving life’s and health equity.  

As part of this work we must consider sustainability, we are in this with our neighbors, partners, and colleagues for the full ride.  In acknowledgement of that our NEAR Speakers are not able to create primary revenue ventures from this training. They may accept cost reimbursement and modest honorariums. We are always striving to show our gratitude and deep respect to these individuals for their willingness to take on this arduous valuable undertaking and we welcome you to do so as well!

Creating Enduring Health Equity Awards

In 2016 Healthy Gen was honored to present awards to two of the most inspiring and dedicated health equity leaders of our time, Senator Rosa Franklin and Dr. Maxine Hayes. These two eponymous awards are awarded to those who exemplify each person’s spirt and contributions.

Learn More:      Meet the Awardees: 


    A Better Way

    Learn more about our Framework for Community Based Health in this snappy little animaition (we recommend turning on the sound for more details on our approach). Animation and graphics by Lucy Woodworth.



    The Foundation for Healthy Generations provides fiscal sponsorship services to like-minded programs with aligned mission, providing full financial and accounting services, grants and human resource management, and other services and benefits offered through our fiscal sponsorship program. Currently, we are fiscal sponsors of programs of the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA), the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC) and the Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) of Southwest Washington. We view these relationships as a partnership to progressive social change through collaboration. 


    Donations to the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA) are allocated for programs that support WSPHA’s educational projects designed to further the mission of improving the health and safety of all people in Washington through leadership & advancement of public health. Upon donating, you will receive a tax donation receipt to keep for your records. 

    Want to learn more? Visit www.wspha.org or contact Kim Nguyen, kim@wspha.org for more information.


    Donations to the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC), support a coalition of organizations working on improving our overall environment so that our children live healthy, active lifestyles, support the mission, campaigns, and events of COPC. 

    For more information visit www.copcwa.org, or contact info@copcwa.org


    The Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) 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 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 our most vulnerable communities.

    For more information, contact info@hlcsw.org.