Children struggle every day with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and Fragile X. We can help them lead longer and fuller lives, and make a dramatic difference for their families, by supporting targeted research and innovative, early-intervention care.More
When we reduce carbon pollution and invest in clean energy, we make our climate more stable and reduce chemicals in the air that damage our health. The sooner we make our energy use more efficient, increase clean energy sources and close polluting coal plants, the better off we will all be.More
Toxic chemicals in everyday products are causing preventable diseases in children and adults. We need tougher policies and smarter market solutions to eliminate these harmful chemicals.More
Every day, the most vulnerable among us – children in school, low-income people, and hospital patients – are not getting the nutritious, locally grown foods they need to be healthy. We are harnessing the power of the marketplace to get them healthier food while rebuilding New England’s farm sector.More
Shifting just 5% of New England public schools’ $149.8 million annual food budget to purchases of regionally sourced foods would generate $7.5 million additional dollars for the region’s farm economy.
In 2015, The John Merck Fund awarded grants to Xinyu Zhao, PhD, and Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, to explore cutting edge genetic treatments for Fragile X syndrome.
Founded in 2009, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) is a national coalition with the goal of reducing the number of toxic chemicals present in everyday products. The SCHF coalition cumulatively represents over 11 million individuals dedicated to reforming chemicals policy at the national level.
As a John Merck Fund grantee, the Toxics Action Center is a major force behind our ongoing effort to make New England the first coal-free region in the country. Closing coal plants across the region cannot succeed with a cookie-cutter approach.
Children with developmental disabilities, victims of climate disruption, families suffering from air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals, and communities without access to healthy food should not have to wait for small incremental progress. That’s why we adopted a “spendout” strategy in 2012.More