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HunterSeven Foundation

Our Lives Begin to End, The Day We Become Silent about the Things that Matter

PROVIDENCE, RI   |  http://www.HunterSeven.org

Mission

The HunterSeven Foundation is and will continue to be the basis and forefront leader in evidence-based practice and academic research increasingly involved in Veteran healthcare. While our highly trained and educated volunteer staff excel in leadership, inter-professional education, and provide a valuable contribution to making a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. The HunterSeven Foundation will expand its knowledge database and educational resources on post-traumatic stress, depression, substance use recovery and suicide prevention in the veteran population while continuing research on Toxic Exposures. We will strive to strengthen professional and community partnerships to promote significant changes in veteran healthcare.

Ruling year info

2018

Clinical Nurse Researcher, APRN, MSN

Chelsey Simoni

Main address

306 THAYER STREET #2694

PROVIDENCE, RI 02906 USA

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EIN

83-1983697

NTEE code info

Medical Specialty Research (H90)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Cancer (G30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The composition of the population in the local Veterans Affairs’ waiting room changed demographics following the United States involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last eighteen years. Young men and women are returning home, in their twenties and thirties, all with multi-factorial exposures and a wide array of symptoms. Service members do not deploy unhealthy, but they return with progressive illnesses and worsening symptoms. As the conflicts in these countries continues, so does the increasingly, alarming rates of cancers, rare illnesses and idiopathic symptoms in our fellow veterans returning home. As a team compromised of military veterans and medical professionals alike, we've been given a 'second chance', we made it home alive. We made it our mission, to give back to those who served before us, after us and side-by-side with us, conducting medical research and offering solutions to unsolved problems. We have nothing to gain; but they have everything to lose.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Clinical, and Medical Research

The research was the impetus for creating the Foundation. The HunterSeven Foundation began to study exposure-related illnesses and environmental toxins within the post-9/11 veteran community. This initial study uncovered critical information. After international recognition and publication, the HunterSeven Foundation has grown substantially, assisting dozens of veterans affected while utilizing academically proven research to supplement answers to these concerning questions. By conducting said research, the HunterSeven Foundation was able to identify medical, geographical, and statistical trends, determine at-risk populations and create screening tools to utilize in the medical settings to minimize increasing risks of diagnosed illnesses.

Population(s) Served

HunterSeven Foundation believes knowledge is power. Our Education Program is designed to share accurate, up-to-date, evidence-based clinical data and medical research with the military, veteran, and health care communities, to increase awareness of military exposures and the impact on the health of service members. Our quarterly Warfighter Health Symposiums have proven to be a game-changer. With previous events in Tampa, Fort Bragg, and smaller breakout sessions in Las Vegas, Boston, San Antonio, and Washington DC., we have instilled a health-driven mindset with data-driven resources into service members, veterans, and providers across the country. Understanding your exposures is the first step to life longevity and wellness. It is easy to blame others for something that we don’t know, we are here to educate, as education is the equalizer.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Military personnel
Veterans
Academics
People with diseases and illnesses
Caregivers

The long-term goals of the HunterSeven Foundation stem from a proactive approach to healthcare by utilizing early screening and preventive medicine practices. Early identification of any underlying problem is critical to successful treatments and improved wellness. We understand that sometimes access to medical resources and care can be delayed or require a complicated and often frustrating process. We realize that this lag in support can have a detrimental impact on one’s physical and mental health. Through strategic partnerships and Foundation resources, HunterSeven Foundation assists individuals suffering from illnesses connected to military exposures by providing access to care and medical resources. This program offers cancer treatments, second opinions, cancer and illness screenings, and medical testing. Off-label treatments such as holistic, functional medicine, HBOT, IV infusions, Red light therapy, TENS therapy, and so on.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Caregivers
Military personnel
Academics
Veterans
Caregivers
Military personnel
Academics

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CancerX - Founding Member 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Clinical, and Medical Research

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

89% of the Veteran population in FY2019 stated they felt an increased knowledge and understanding of toxic exposures in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in chronic disease programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Clinical, and Medical Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

54% of veterans stated they knew of community-based programs and half of the latter had used a community based program.

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Veterans

Related Program

Clinical, and Medical Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, approximately 38 large-setting educational trainings were conducted by the medical staff of HunterSeven Foundation. Lasting 2 hours, providing physical teaching materials.

Hours of no-cost treatment provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immediate Medical and Healthcare Needs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metrics have been gathered by licensed, clinical providers providing hours of volunteer work and clinical outcomes in tracking metrics sheets for each individual.

Number of treatment and support plans revised within specified timeframes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immediate Medical and Healthcare Needs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each individual who enters into the HunterSeven Foundation Immediate Needs portal is assessed and a customized care plan with objectives is created including supportive resources, and do-outs.

Number of families served in cancer treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immediate Medical and Healthcare Needs

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of post-9/11 military veterans who request assistance from the HunterSeven Foundation, we include their families in the planning. This includes family support with health care, insurance, travel, etc.

Number of adults using protective measures to prevent skin cancer

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Interactive Education

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providing reef-safe, non-toxic sunscreen and education along with melanoma and skin cancer wellness checks at events by volunteer licensed medical providers.

Number of death caused by cancer

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clinical, and Medical Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects the number of known cancer deaths of post-9/11 military veterans reported and/or served through the HunterSeven Foundation.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Interactive Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our educational program is free to providers, veterans, military members and their families. We offer both in-person events as well as remote events, conferences and through podcasts/live broadcasting

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clinical, and Medical Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our team collectively has received numerous awards for our dedication and service to the community and commitment to health and wellness.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Interactive Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our website, and four social media sites is an excellent hub of traffic, reach, interaction, and exceeds the average standard reach allowing us to improve on ways to engage the community.

Number of people provided assistive technology

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immediate Medical and Healthcare Needs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our organization offers alternative methods to therapy, including HBOT, Infrared light therapy, cold and heat therapy, and other methods of assistive care including wheelchairs, sleep apnea support.

Number of people unable to obtain or delaying receipt of needed prescription medications

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immediate Medical and Healthcare Needs

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We measure our success by reaching a post-9/11 service member or veteran in need of a medication not covered within 24-hours and work to advocate for the individual and insruance.

Number of people unable to obtain or delaying needed medical care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immediate Medical and Healthcare Needs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We measure our metrics by how many post-9/11 military veterans we send for second medical opinions, specialized care, and cancer care through our referral networks.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Over the past few years, the faces and names have changed, but the stories of remained the same. Veteran deploys once, twice, how ever many times, returns home with odd symptoms, over the next year spending days in the hospital seeking answers. Misdiagnosed, undiagnosed. Whether it be a stable illness or terminal cancer, we are fed up. Losing our friends, family, teammates from being unknowingly exposed while deployed to toxins. We are here for each other, "If not me, then who".

The term 'Research' is often misused. Anyone can conduct research, but tossing down numbers into a form doesn't make it useful. The HunterSeven team conducting research has decades of combined experience in evidence-based practice in addition to having the certifications, clinical practice experience, advanced academic degrees and licenses to conduct medical research. After all, Nursing is the most trusted profession in America -you can trust us.

We help where help is needed, plain and simple. Although toxic exposures in our fellow veterans are our primary focus, we never turn our back on a veteran in need. We assist in providing housing for veterans, coordinate top tier healthcare services for those in need and we assist military families during their time of need to mention a few. We have reviewed alternative treatments such as homeopathic sleep aids and cannabinoid oils; post-traumatic stress, polysubstance use and integration/transitional issues amongst others.

With a dynamic team with such unique backgrounds; over 150 combined years of military experience and 100 combined years of medical experience, the team identified the lack of current veteran- and military-related medical research to be a large barrier to care, misdiagnosed illnesses and many left many questions unanswered.
Our ideal position and experience allows us to provide expert-witness testimony, practice guidelines, supporting evidence for civilian providers, fellow veterans and members of congress.

Through Advisory, because 'advocacy' is a misused and abused term for so many. Because of our extensive medical licensing and experience we can advise, offer recommendations and advice, whereas advocates simply cannot.
We believe in accountability, accessibility, empowerment, confidentiality, independence and mission clarity.

The HunterSeven Foundation has the capability to utilize medical practices, licenses and clinical standards to identify, assess and evaluated needs of specific populations, such as the veteran cohort due to extensive time in military service and the medical field. Being advanced practice providers, we have the capabilities to reach out to medical organizations and advise for our fellow veterans in need. Gaining them access to care, free of charge.

Thus far, the HunterSeven Foundation has accomplished critical, evidence-based academic and medical research, publications in International medical journals while hosting some of the nations top military medical advisors in terms of prevention of toxic exposures and subsequent illnesses. Creating a start-of-the-art clinical practice guideline screening and algorithm model for veteran-specific issues int he healthcare settings. Meeting with key legislative officials and working as a critical team member in nationwide toxic exposure working groups as the medical liaisons for legislation moving forward.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HunterSeven Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

LtCol. Sheri Boucher, MSN-RN, DNP-C

United States Air Force

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

MSgt. Paul Santilli, MSW-LICSW

United States Air Force, Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Term: 2018 -

Domenique Selby

Department of Defense

Brandon Nergararian

Dept. of Homeland Security

Kyle Simoni

Herc Rentals

Scott Davidson

GCO

Jason Martin

Department of the United States Air Force

Jimmy Efird

Department of Veterans Affairs

Pollie Bith-Melander

University of California

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/17/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.