The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life.

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28 Boulevard Charlemagne , Brussels , B1000 Belgium

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Health and Safety
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

With the support of more than 70 member organisations, HEAL brings independent expertise and evidence from the health community to different decision-making processes. Our broad alliance represents health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes Members include international and Europe-wide organisations as well as national and local groups in 25 countries both within EU member states and the wider European region, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

HEAL is independent of any political party or commercial interest. The alliance receives funding from the European Union, governments and private foundations as well as through membership contributions. We do not accept funding from sources with commercial interests. 

Beginning in 2003 as the environmental ‘wing’ of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), HEAL was created to bring the health voice to the centre of a wide spectrum of EU environmental policies, and to integrate environmental concerns in public health decisions.

HEAL is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union. We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life.

As a diverse network of over 70 international and national not-for-profit organisations of citizens, patients, and health professionals, plus environmental groups and public health institutes, HEAL is the leading coalition of environment and health organisations working at the level of the European Union (EU). Our widespread membership allows us to also work at the international, national and local levels.

Beginning in 2003 as the environmental ‘wing’ of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), HEAL was created to bring the health voice to the centre of a wide spectrum of EU environmental policies, and to integrate environmental concerns in public health decisions.

HEAL works to create better representation of expertise and evidence from the health community in the decision making processes. We have a strong track record of increasing public and expert engagement in the debates and decision-making processes on environment and health in the EU and World Health Organization (WHO).

HEAL has become one of major voices in the environment and health community within the EU, and thanks to our members, partners and secretariat team, we continue to grow and gather expertise from throughout Europe and beyond.

 

Promoting human health and well-being through environmental policy, and increasing public participation in environment and health-related EU policy making.

HEAL raises awareness of how environmental protection improves people’s health, and works to strengthen European policies. We do this by creating better representation of expertise and evidence from the health community in decision-making processes.

We have a strong track record in increasing public and expert engagement in EU and World Health Organization (WHO) debates and decision-making processes on environment and health.

Our commitment to our membership and our mission entails:

  • Monitoring policy within EU institutions to identify threats and opportunities for environment and health
  • Running advocacy campaigns to bring the voice of the health community to policy makers
  • Following policy-relevant research and making it accessible
  • Facilitating public and stakeholder participation
  • Building capacity through publications, conferences, workshops, and training.

Together with our members, partners and experts we pool expertise and work on a wide variety of issues, namely the health impacts of Air and water quality; Chemicals; Climate change; Electro-magnetic fields; Environmental injustice and social inequalities; Mercury; Noise pollution; Nanotechnology; Pesticides and biocides.

 

Our aim is to promote public health through a healthy environment in Europe and beyond.

Our commitment to this mission is outlined in our strategic goals, which are:

  • Strengthening and utilising the knowledge on environment and health links to promote and support precautionary policy-making
  • Mobilising multidisciplinary constituencies for advocacy on environment and health issues
  • Ensuring the organisation’s sustainability as an effective and influential representative of civil society
  • Growing, strengthening and engaging our membership.

HEAL is made up of over 70 organisations and seventeen people in the Secretariat and Executive Committee - all are working to create a better, healthier environment.

Our highest decision-making body is the Annual General Assembly, where our member organisations come together to decide on the budget, work programme and strategic priorities.

 

We value working with other organisations to gather expertise and produce sound results.

Each year we consult with a growing number of ngos and professional bodies to give yet more scope and energy to our campaigns. You can read more about partnerships on our activity pages.

HEAL is a member of the following expert groups and networks:

  • Green 10
  • Civil Society Contact Group
  • International pops Elimination Network (IPEN
  • EU Consultative Forum on Environment and Health
  • EU Expert group on Indoor Air Quality
  • WHO European Environment and Health Task Force
  • WHO European Climate change and Health Task Force

HEAL also has ongoing collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

We also contribute to EU research projects as an official expert on the advisory boards of COPHES, New Generis, ERA-ENVHEALTH NET, INTERASE, and HENVINET.

 

Become A Member HEAL’s strategic priorities, work programme and budget are adopted by our Annual General Assembly, and carried out by the HEAL secretariat under the guidance of the Executive Committee.

Our various activities are funded by the European Commission, governments, foundations and private charities.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of our funders, without whom our work would not be possible.

For more information on this year’s projects, please have a look at our annual report.

As part of our commitment to transparency, HEAL is registered with the European Commission’s Register of Interest representatives – you can find our page here.

 

HEAL’s members meet at least once a year for the Annual General Assembly (AGA) to review activities, discuss HEAL’s strategic aims and work plan, as well as approve expenditures and membership applications.

HEAL’s strategic priorities, work programme and budget are adopted by our Annual General Assembly, and carried out by the HEAL secretariat under the guidance of the Executive Committee. 

Funding Source

HEAL is grateful to the below funders without which our activities could not be possible:

  • European Commission 
  • KR Foundation 
  • European Climate Foundation 
  • Fondation des Fondateurs 
  • Marisla Foundation 
  • Oak Foundation 
  • European Environment and Health Initiative 
  • Fairtrade Foundation 

HEAL is independent and we do not accept funding from any commercial interest.