Health In Harmony Inc

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Portland, OR   |  www.healthinharmony.org

Mission

To reverse tropical rainforest deforestation for planetary health.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Jonathan Jennings

Main address

P.O. Box 96176

Portland, OR 97296 USA

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EIN

20-3741107

NTEE code info

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rainforests are being lost at a rapid rate. Forests regulate air, water, climate, and even disease. When the rainforest suffers, so do we. But for many people, exploiting natural resources, like cutting down trees to sell, is the only way to afford healthcare and support their families. When we suffer, so does the rainforest. Many families are forced to make the impossible choice between short-term survival and future well-being. But their choices impact ecosystems all over the world - and therefore the Earth's climate - so these choices impact us all. Health In Harmony is an international nonprofit dedicated to reversing global heating, understanding that rainforests are essential for the survival of humanity. Using the innovative process of Radical Listening, we collaborate with the experts – rainforest communities – to create the change the planet needs. We do not wait for others to act but hold ourselves accountable for the planet’s future.

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?

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Health In Harmony is an international nonprofit dedicated to reversing global heating, understanding that rainforests are essential for the survival of humanity. Using the innovative process of Radical Listening, we collaborate with the experts – rainforest communities in Indonesia (ASRI), Madagascar, and Brazil – to create the change the planet needs. We do not wait for others to act but hold ourselves accountable for the planet’s future. Humanity must halve atmospheric carbon by 2030, and we are committed to making a significant impact on this drawdown. In order to scale, our work is deeply rooted in monitoring, data, and evaluation. A study on our innovative model was published by The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
Widows and widowers

Where we work

Awards

Changemaker Awards: Innovate Fearlessly 2021

NeonOne

Green Skills Innovation Challenge Winner 2021

Ashoka

World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention 2021

Fast Company

Climate Action Award "Momentum for Change: Women For Results" 2020

United Nations

Impact Company of the Year 2020

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Act for Biodiversity Challenge Winner 2020

Ashoka

William G. Conway International Conservation Award 2019

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Whitley Gold Award 2016

Whitley Fund for Nature

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 volunteers

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

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes medical, conservation, photography, and other volunteers who spend at least 6 weeks with HIH. We have temporarily decreased volunteer opportunities in response to COVID-19 safety needs.

Acres of land that have been reforested by the organization

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

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please note, our numbers declined when we moved from mass planting to managing the growing seedlings and preventing fires.

Number of vaccines administered

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

Infants and toddlers, Adults

Related Program

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes: HB 0 , BCG, POL (1, 2, 3, 4), Measles, DPT/HB (1, 2, 3), and TT. As of 2021, totals also include COVID-19 vaccines which are being distributed at all sites.

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth who attend planetary health education camps or primary/secondary education at schools supported by HIH.

Number of physician visits that include nutrition and diet counseling

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

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of patient visits to medical centers and mobile clinics in Indonesia, Madagascar, and Brazil.

Number of seedlings used as non-cash payment for healthcare

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

Regenerating rainforests by listening to communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Patients pay with seedlings which are then planted in community nurseries and used in reforestation. Some patients pay with fruit, handicrafts, and other natural products.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Invest in community-designed solutions to stop deforestation and break the cycle of environmental destruction and disease, such as: affordable, high-quality healthcare with non-cash payment options, alternative and sustainable livelihood training, agricultural training, forest economy system strengthening, and education that contribute to improving global health. Understand and replicate the success we have had at our first program site at additional sites in Indonesia, Madagascar, Brazil, and beyond. Develop a platform for the world community to listen to the solutions Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) worldwide have for stopping deforestation and support their initiatives.

Develop robust research program to track metrics and understand our theory of change. Research and approach potential partners in replication and begin site visits to assess the potential for collaboration.

We recently created positions for both research and replication and also increased staff capacity to recruit and manage high quality volunteers and effectively fundraise from individuals, foundations, and government.

We are replicating our successful model in a second national park in Indonesia as well as Manombo Rainforest in Madagascar and the Xingu River Basin in the Brazilian Amazon.

Our impact over ten years was analyzed by Stanford University and published by PNAS in October of 2020:
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/10/22/2009240117.

Progress indicators include:
- 52,000+ acres of rainforest regenerated

- 3,000 endangered Bornean Orangutans’ habitat protected

- 90% decline in illegal logging households in Indonesia

- 200+ Chainsaw Buyback entrepreneurs running new, sustainable businesses in Indonesia (86 are women)

- 39,154 and counting ancient trees left standing since Chainsaw Buyback began in 2017

- 16,245 seedlings used as payment for thousands of dollars worth of healthcare in Indonesia in 2021

- 85,600+ seedlings used as payment for healthcare since 2014

- 67% decline in infant mortality and 54% decline in births per mother in Indonesia

- Significant decline in common diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and diabetes

- 237,824 total seedlings planted at reforestation sites in Indonesia and Madagascar

- 2,000 agriculture training participants in Madagascar from 2020-2021, 60% of whom are women

- $400,000 USD earned annually by communities in the Xingu Basin through a Forest Economy System

- 222 widows in the Goats for Widows program, which is now self-sustaining – one goat offspring is “paid forward” to another widow

- 17 active farmers’ cooperatives working together to grow organic produce and increase profits

- 3,100+ students have learned about orangutans, climate change, and recycling through the ASRI Kids and Teens education programs

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Health In Harmony is working alongside 135,000 members of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, protecting over 8.8 million hectares of high conservation value rainforest in Indonesia, Madagascar, and Brazil. By listening to rainforest communities and investing precisely in their solutions (healthcare, livelihoods, and education), our programs return improved human health and improved forest health and drawdown of CO2.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In all four program sites, communities have asked for healthcare solutions such as mobile clinics, maternal and infant care, and health centers. They have also asked for regenerative livelihood solutions, such as training in organic farming, agroforestry, and non-timber forest product. Lastly, education for youth has been a key request. System linkages for a circular economy are emphasized in the design process. For example, to make visible the relationship between human and ecosystem health, patients can pay for healthcare with non-cash means, such as seedlings that are used in reforestation. Discounts on healthcare are tied to decreased degradation of the forest.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Using the innovative process of Radical Listening, we collaborate with the experts - Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) - to design planetary health solutions, in which we then invest. Health In Harmony's investments in rainforest communities improve both human well-being and rainforest integrity. Our goal is to honor the knowledge IPLCs have gained over millennia about how to live in balance with their environment and directly support, in an anti-colonial manner, the implementation of solutions that they, themselves, determine would best aid their continued forest stewardship.

  • 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 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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Health In Harmony Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emily Scott

Jeff Wyatt

Seneca Park Zoo

Nancy Drushella

Retired Certified Public Accountant

Jan O'Brien

Architect, Private Practice

Petty Taylor

Emily Scott

Cardiologist, Private Practice

Steve Kusmer

Abvio

Enrico Carbone

Investment Banker

Laura Tesch

The Terron Group LLC

Connie Gersick

Yale University

Ann Kurth

Yale University School of Nursing

Johanna Jansen

Novartis

Dave Birckhead

Spotify

Courtney Bergeron

Brookings

Gerald George

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Neil Hollyfield

Brian McAdoo

Duke University - Nicholas School of the Environment

Steve Rhee

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 12/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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 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.