Mission & Vision

HEN Vision

HEN members optimize the nation’s health by promoting access to safe, nutritious food and clean water from a secure, equitable, and sustainable food system.

HEN Mission

To empower members to be leaders and to take action for sustainable, equitable, and accessible food and water systems that promote fair labor practices and cultural inclusivity.


"A sustainable, resilient, and healthy food system (sustainable food system, hereafter) is one in which all individuals have equitable access to a safe and secure supply of food and water that supports optimal health, both now and in the future. Sustainable food systems are at the intersection of the following 4 domains: Nutrition and Health; Social, Cultural, and Ethical Capital; Environmental Stewardship; and Economic Vitality." (Spiker M, et al., 2020)