Impact+Amplify promotes integrated whole systems
thought and proaction at both ecosystemic and cultural scale.

We seek to enable life-long learning and sustained, productive
collaborations among people of good will to integrate culture within nature.

Nourishing Health

The headwaters region, a healthy place to live, work and play…

Our goal is to help people avert disasters by proactively taking charge of their health to the extent that they can, as individuals, families and communities. As we know more and more about the effects of nutrition, exercise and environment, we know that we can successfully and cost-effectively intervene to maintain, restore or enhance health.

Knowing what has "happened" in one's family should help individuals overcome inertia - and, not incidentally, to see themselves as real people who’s actions have consequences. Genetic disposition is not the sole determinant of destiny…

Download, fill out, and post these forms on your refrigerator, where emergency responders are trained to look -

These forms are part of our effort to understand that taking care of one's own health (physical, intellectual and spiritual) is part of caring for creation by looking inwards (as well as outward). Download these forms (rich text format documents) and keep your personal and family health records up-to-date and accessable:

Personal Health History

Family Medical Tree

Our goal is to help people proactively take charge of their health to the extent that they can. As we know more and more about the effects of nutrition, exercise and environment, we know that we can successfully and cost-effectively intervene to maintain or restore health. Knowing what has "happened" in one's family should help individuals overcome inertia - and, not incidently, to see themselves as real.


"Climate change has become the poster child of environmental crises, complete with its own celebrities and campaigners. But is it so serious that we can afford to overlook the rise of infectious disease, the collapse of fisheries, the ongoing loss of forests and biodiversity, and the depletion of global water supplies? ...The future of our civilization and our planet requires that we simultaneously address the grand challenges of climate change and land use..."

-- Jonathan Foley, Director, Institute on the Environment , University of Minnesota, where he is also a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Global Landscapes Initiative

Fresh - a film by Sofia Joanes

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

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Let’s not have a disaster… This short video touches on many of the themes of Impact + Amplify’s integrated vision for a safe, healthy, prosperous and peaceful headwaters region and world. We can, therefore we must, send solutions downstream and downwind. This is the story of the Sambhavna Clinic, a non-profit holistic health clinic in Bhopal, India, built to treat those injured by the Union Carbide toxic gas release in 1984.

Health Care Without Harm: Leading the global movement for environmentally responsible health care Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups.

"First Do No Harm"... Together with their partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. To that end, they are working to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease. This excellent short video chronicles the evolution of HCWH's work.

Center for Health Environment and Justice (CHEJ)... CHEJ’s overarching goal has consistently been to prevent harm—particularly among vulnerable populations such as children. If a safer process, material or product exists it should be used. We believe that everyone, regardless of income, race, religion, or occupation, has a right to live, work, learn, play and pray in a healthy community.

CHEJ is a leader in advocating responsible corporate behavior (located in communities and selling products to families) in replacing outdated chemicals with safe, affordable alternatives to build long-term, safe economic opportunities and community benefits. Our twenty years of experience in this arena extends from moving McDonalds away from Styrofoam in 1986 to moving Microsoft away from PVC plastic in 2006.

CHEJ was instrumental in establishing some of the first national policies critical to protecting community health like the Superfund Program, Right-to-Know and others. By pioneering the effort nationwide to protect communities from exposures to dangerous environmental chemicals, in the air, water and soil, CHEJ has become the preeminent national leader among grassroots groups reducing the burden of toxic substances on our environment.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on diet and cancer prevention and educates the public about the results. Weekly Health-e-Recipes are sent from Sign up and add this email address to your address book and/or safe list so that it is not filtered out as spam.

"Dr.Gourmet"... everything you need to eat great food that's great for you. Try a healthy recipe. Learn about the hows and whys of eating healthy. Get your own customized two-week meal plan for yourself and your family - it's free.

In the Roanoke, VA area (and beyond), Eating for a Lifetime provides excellent, innovative consultation and education services in health supportive cooking and eating to its clients. Their goal is to help their clients become active partners in reclaiming and maintaining their own health, as well as the health of their family and their community.

Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization, provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need.

MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

Responding to natural disasters is the smallest area of MSF's work, representing just five percent of MSF's overall activities in 2006. This is because, more often than not, local health authorities are quickly able to garner support from international agencies and governments for natural disasters. And the needs are predominantly in the areas of reconstruction and development, which is outside of MSF's scope of expertise and operational focus. This was the case for the South Asian Tsunami in 2004. This is less often the case when it comes to armed conflict, epidemics, and other ongoing and less visible crises, which is where MSF directs most of its attention. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.



Impact + Amplify exists to explore the creative and the
destructive potential of the edge between nature and culture

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