Génon K. Jensen is the Founder and Executive Director of HEAL, with 20+ years of experience on environmental health issues.
She has been an official member of the World Health Organization’s European Environment and Health governance representing the health sector since 2000, contributes to the WHO Chemicals and Health working group and is a member of the WHO Advisory Council on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).
She has been on the Steering Committee of IPEN (International Pollutants Elimination Network) since 2006 to contribute health engagement expertise and EU policy.
HEAL provides the secretariat for the EDC-Free Europe campaign, in which Ms. Jensen has played a leadership role in creating and expanding, to weigh in on and advocate for more health protective EU and national policies on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). She is a founding member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) and serves on its board.
Genon frequently contributes articles on environmental health policy, including on children’s health, climate change, pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals to various European and international specialist publications and newsletters. She is a co-author of several publications and advocacy resources, including ‘Turning the Plastic Tide – The Chemicals in Plastic That Put Our Health At Risk’ (2020) ‘Testing for Toxics – How Chemicals in European Carpets are Harming Health and Hindering Circular Economy’ (2018), ‘Toxic Soup – Dioxins in Plastic Toys’ (2018).
Genon has published articles include The COVID-19 pandemic and global environmental change: Emerging research needs (Environment International, January 2021), The role of civil society and organisations (Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health. The role of nature in improving the health of a population, 2018), How to Deliver the Most Important Public Health Treaty of the Century (Annals of Global Health, 2015), From extraction to renewal: a global campaign for healthy energy (New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 2015). Early-life prevention of non-communicable diseases (The Lancet, 2013), Revising the EU Strategy on endocrine disruptors: nearing a decisive moment (Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2012).
Other reports, including “Halting the child brain drain: why we need to tackle global mercury contamination” (2006), “Cutting back on pesticides for healthier lives” (2007), “Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy” (2010), “The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick” (2013), and “Health costs in the EU – How much is related to EDCs?” (2014).