December 9, 2015
Barry Segal, Founder of Segal Family Foundation & Focus for Health
Everyone would want to have EZ Pass because it’s faster and more convenient, however it’s not easily attainable for everyone. We feel strongly that lower socioeconomic groups are continually faced with a myriad of unfair challenges and this is an example of one of them. Making tolls equal could be the first step to being fair to everyone.
Social determinants of health include where we live, work, and play. Lower socioeconomic groups are at a disadvantage, causing unnecessary stress which often leads to adverse health outcomes.
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Focus for Health was born out of Barry and Dolly Segal’s desire to put an end to the needless harm of children caused by damaging environmental factors. It all started with a plane ride when Barry sat next to a woman with a severely autistic son and they began talking about the young boy’s poor health. Over the next few months, similar stories of sick children led Barry to realize there is a vulnerable population who is more likely to suffer from chronic illness due to environmental assaults.
Focus for Health is committed to decreasing the rising trend of both autism and chronic illness triggered by negative environmental influences. FFH believes that lack of transparency in both profit-driven corporations and governmental regulatory agencies have reduced the public’s capacity to make the informed, educated decisions necessary for optimal health. FFH supports all efforts which empower individuals to ask questions and do their research before making any decisions about which foods, products, or procedures they allow, especially for the “vulnerable child.”
The Focus for Health Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every individual has access to the information necessary to make optimal health decisions for themselves and their families.
The mission of the Focus for Health Foundation (FFH) is to promote advocacy, education, and research to combat the rise of chronic illness occurring around the world. We support efforts that increase public awareness of the connection between hazardous environmental exposures and the immune system, and address how social determinants of health and inequality within populations creates vulnerability to disease.