The Foundation for Healthy Generations works to ensure all people have the equal opportunity for a healthy life. We address critical social, economic, and environmental conditions that impact health in communities with the poorest health outcomes by engaging communities, fostering learning and innovation, and advocating for system-wide changes.


We transform systems, policies, and practices to create equitable health outcomes and enduring health equity.


Julie Peterson, Executive Director

Edgar Lopez-Baez, Community Health Worker Specialist

Renee Rooker, Board Chair
Executive Director, Walla Walla Housing Authority

Trisha Comsti, Board Vice Chair
Program Officer, Gates Foundation

Nora Coronado, Board Treasurer and Secretary
Director of Community Engagement and Development, UW School of Medicine Center for Health Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Maddy Agranoff, CHES, Board Member
Health Education Specialist, Swedish Cancer Institute

Nancy Anderson, MD, MPH, Board Member
Board-certified pediatrician, MPH in Maternal-Child Health

Robin Pickering, PhD, Board Member
Tenured Professor, Health Sciences
Whitworth University

Lori Stolee, Board Member
Public School Educator and Administrator, retired


Healthy Gen, a 501(c)3 public charity, is approaching a half-century of leading-edge work to improve health outcomes and wellness for all people.

Founded in 1974 as the Comprehensive Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.) by a visionary group of health educators, our original mission was to increase health and wellness through education, advocacy, and
disease prevention programs.

After three decades focusing primarily on school and community health, C.H.E.F. evolved in 2013 into the Foundation for Healthy Generations and adopted our current mission: to create enduring health equity.

Throughout the years, advocacy for system-wide changes has been core to our work. Today, Healthy Generations is leveraging our policy and advocacy history, reputation, and relationships to advocate for policies, systems, and environmental change to impact populations living with health inequities—including people of color, low income communities, and rural parts of Washington. 


C.H.E.F evolves to the Foundation for Healthy Generations and adopts the new mission to create enduring health equity.


Prevention Alliance created in Washington State.


Place Based Health Initiative launches in Clark, Pierce and Spokane Counties to prevent and reduce major health inequities across ethnic, racial, and income groups


Sold full library of curriculums and educational programs to Discovery Communications.


Honored with the National Recognition Award from American Association for Health Education for Distinguished Service to Health Education.


First annual National Prevention Institute held in Seattle.


Get Real About AIDS identified by the Center for Disease Control as a “program that works."


Provided funding to the University of Washington to develop a health education pathway in the Master’s of Public Health program.


First $1 million in product sales.


Here’s Looking At You™,  our first curriculum, is published in partnership with Educational Service District 121.


Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.) is founded by a visionary group of health educators seeking to increase health and wellness through education, advocacy, and other disease prevention efforts.

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