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About CFE

About Us

We believe the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use, and the places where we live, learn, work, and play should not make us sick.

Yet, that is exactly what is taking place on a daily basis in the U.S. and around the world. Toxic chemicals are being put into the very places and things that keep us sick and stuck with preventable diseases and cancer. 

Informed by the latest science, and common sense, at CFE we believe the best way to avoid the devastating social and economic impacts of cancer on our families and communities is to PREVENT cancer, whenever and wherever possible, from occurring in the first place. 

That’s where the Cancer Free Economy comes in. We are a dynamic collaborative multi-sector network, led primarily by leaders from BIPOC and disproportionately impacted communities, seeking solutions that are broader and deeper than what we can accomplish on our own. Our strategies are derived from an in-depth cross-sector analysis of the “system.” We found that our economy is entrenched in a co-dependent relationship with hazardous chemicals. This process led us to a common goal:

Within our generation, we will lift the burden of cancer and other diseases by driving a dramatic and equitable transition from toxic substances in our lives, our communities, and our economy to safe and healthy alternatives for all.

Together, we can move beyond incremental changes and bring about a just transition to a cancer-free economy that works for all people and the planet. Find out more…

Our Vision

The Cancer Free Economy (CFE) is a network cultivating an inclusive movement to promote healthy environments where no one gets sick because of toxic chemicals where they live, learn, work, and play.

We believe that cancer is an all-too-common diagnosis that devastates families and communities, for which a key opportunity for prevention has been largely left on the sidelines: hazardous chemicals in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the products we use.

We believe everyone’s health matters, and that the most effective change comes from a holistic approach that engages new voices and strengthens existing movements.

Our History

Since 2014, the Cancer Free Economy has built a dynamic collaborative network among a diverse set of teams and stakeholders working together to  accelerate progress towards a healthy, regenerative economy.

The Cancer Free Economy proposal was submitted by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Breast Cancer Fund (now Breast Cancer Prevention Partners), BlueGreen Alliance, Jenifer Altman Foundation and the New York Community Trust on January 1, 2014, and was chosen for multi-year funding from the Garfield Foundation’s Collaborative Network’s Initiative. A leadership team formed from this partnership and began the multi-year systems mapping process that has deeply guided our formation, and influences how we work today.

 

 

 

How We Work

Our strategies are derived from an in-depth multi-year process to analyze the “system” that has created an economy that depends on hazardous chemicals. This process gave us strategic insights and built a spectrum of productive, on-going relationships with a common goal—to lift the burden of cancer within a generation—and a shared understanding of how to achieve that goal effectively. 

The network is organized into working groups, teams that address different strategic pathways to a safer materials economy including:

Building Power, Health & Science, Shifting the Market, and Policy & Legal.

Our work is grounded in and guided by these Equity Principles.

CFE LEADERS

Network Council

Members of the Network Council's Executive Committee:

Debra Erenberg, Strategic Director

Debra
Erenberg

CFE Strategic Director

Connecticut

Deysi Flores

Deysi 
Flores

Building Power

Make The Road New York 

New York

Katie Huffling

Katie
Huffling

Health + Science

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Maryland

Kayla Williams

Kayla
Williams

Market Shift

Clean Production Action

Massachusetts

Network Council Members:

Saleem Chapman

Saleem 
Chapman

Policy + Legal

Pennsylvania

Roxana Amaya Fuentes

Roxana 
Amaya Fuentes

Market Shift Coordinator

Children's Environmental Health Network

Maryland

Debora Gonzalez

Debora
Gonzalez

Building Power

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Connecticut

Nadia Mohamed

Nadia Maria Mohamed

Building Power Coordinator

New Jersey

Nsedu Witherspoon

Nsedu
Obot Witherspoon

Health + Science

Children’s Environmental Health Network

Maryland

Paula Torrado

Paula Torrado Plazas

At-Large

Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles

California

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Brianna
Stalder

Policy + Legal Coordinator

Forbes Funds

Pennsylvania

Audrey Tran Lam

Audrey E.
Tran Lam

At-Large/Climate, Toxics, Health + Equity

University of Northern Iowa, Center for Energy & Environmental Education

Iowa

Staff + Project Leads

Additional CFE staff and project leads include:

Luisa

Luisa
Cuautle

Household Cleaners Health & Safety Lab Coordinator

Make the Road New York

New York

David 
Levine

Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative

American Sustainable Business Council 

New York

Veronica Ung-Kono

Veronica 
Ung-Kono
 Emerging Leaders Cohort Program Manager

Vermont

Kelsey
Van Nice
Fundraising 
Coordinator

Pennsylvania

Anayana White

Anayana 
White
Communications 
Manager

Alaska

our 60+ Members reach
over a million people

The Cancer Free Economy Network is expanding the movement to protect people from harmful chemicals, uniting advocates and scientists working on cancer, public health, fossil-fuel reduction, and economic justice to name a few.

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