Children's Health Defense

Peachtree City, GA   |  www.childrenshealthdefense.org

Mission

Our mission is to end the childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards that prevent further harms.

Ruling year info

2007

Chairman of the Board

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Main address

1227 N Peachtree Pkwy Suite 202

Peachtree City, GA 30269 USA

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Formerly known as

World Mercury Project

EIN

26-0388604

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (G05)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research shows that over 54% of children suffer from one or more chronic health conditions including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, life threatening allergies, asthma, anxiety, cancer, depression, epilepsy, and obesity. This is a 400% increase from a generation ago. The best available evidence suggests that this rise in chronic illness is driven by toxicants in our air, water, food, and medicines. Children’s Health Defense works to identify and eliminate harmful toxic exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards so that this never happens again.

Our programs

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

Restore Child Health

The mission of Children's Health Defense is to end the epidemics of chronic illness in children by eliminating harmful toxic exposures, holding those responsible accountable, and establishing safeguards so that this never happens again. Children's Health Defense engages in three broad program areas: scientific research, landmark litigation, and science-based education and communication.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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

Total number of articles written and published on the harms of toxicants.

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please visit: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/kennedy-news-views/

Total number of educational videos created and published on medical freedome issues, children's health, and the dangers of toxicants.

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please visit: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/category/video/ Additional videos: www.instagram.com/childrenshealthdefense

Total number of free eBooks written and published.

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Ebooks: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/ebook-sign-up/

Total number of paid lifetime members.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sign up at: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/about-us/membership/

Total number of social media followers.

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Follow us at https://twitter.com/ChildrensHD https://www.instagram.com/childrenshealthdefense/ and https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensHealthDefense/

Total number of subscribers to Kennedy News & Views (our e-news magazine).

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Subscribe here: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/kennedy-news-views/

Total community outreach (individuals and families).

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Across all of our media platforms.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Children’s Health Defense works to identify and eliminate harmful toxic exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards so that this never happens again.

1. Children’s Health Defense has thousands of members throughout the US who share with us personal stories about the decline in their children's health and what they think might have been the responsible. We then engage our team of scientists, researchers, and advocates to dig deeper by combing through full-text archives of biomedical and life sciences research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine to determine if the parents' concerns are supported by research. When a harmful exposure is identified, we follow the precautionary principle and immediately educate the public regarding strategies to avoid these exposures through publication of informative and well referenced articles. These are distributed through social media, electronic newsletters (Kennedy News & Views), and on our website.

2. Once these exposures are identified we utilize health informatics data to further assess exposures to these chemicals and adverse health outcomes. If our findings support a causal relationship between the exposure and adverse health outcomes we identify potential sources of these exposures, those responsible for the exposures, and work with them to reduce and eliminate the toxicant. If necessary, we will utilize legal actions to protect children from further harm.

3. In order to establish safeguards so that this never happens again, Children’s Health Defense evaluates how such exposures occurred and what is necessary to prevent further occurrences. Depending on the outcome of our investigation, we work with industry and our governmental regulatory agencies to create necessary policies that protect children from these harmful toxic exposures.

Children's Health Defense has assembled a team of seven full time staff and a range of independent contractors and volunteers that includes scientists, doctors, statisticians, attorneys, writers, and organizers who work together to stop the epidemics of chronic disease in children through research, litigation, education, and public policy.

In the space of two years, Children's Health Defense has gone from start-up to a national powerhouse that is reshaping the legal and regulatory environment to protect children from toxic harms. We have become a leading voice in the legal community on the dangers of neurotoxic chemicals and other products, developed a wide range of educational materials, and built a vibrant community of members across the country. In the years ahead, Children’s Health Defense intends to stay at the leading edge by identifying and blocking the release of toxicants, holding corporations and government to account for their actions, and working with key stakeholders in government and the public to stop the epidemics of chronic childhood illness.

How we listen

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

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Children's Health Defense

Board of directors
as of 4/20/2021
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Board chair

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Pace University School of Law's Environmental Litigation Clinic

Term: 2016 - 2025

Terena Eisner

Alix Mayer

Robert Kennedy Jr

Katie Wright

Brian Hooker

Mary Holland

Brian Hooker

David Centner

Leila Centner

Tiffany Neu

Sheila Ealey

Aimee Rickabus

Joe McGee

Michael Baum

Board leadership practices

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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