Heather Kun, MS PhD, is CEO of Fuck Cancer where she leads strategic programming to help prevent, detect and provide support to cancer patients and their families. She brings years of research, evaluation and health experience to the agency in order to better design programs with potential for impact in the cancer space. She is inspired by her mom’s chronic and brave battle with the diagnosis of Leukemia 20 years ago followed by a recent diagnosis of uterine and lung cancer.
She is also principal and founder of HK Impact Advisors that partners with philanthropic, non-profit and corporate clients to build strategy with maximum potential for impact. Her specialties include research, strategic planning, advising boards, grants management, program evaluation and creating strategic partnerships. Areas of expertise include healthcare delivery, domestic and international public health, immigration, environmental conservation and animal welfare.
Prior, Dr. Kun was Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the National Health Foundation (NHF) for over 6 years. She was responsible for overseeing the research and evaluation arm of the organization in addition to participating in development, operational and fundraising activities. She also oversaw all of the chronic disease prevention and management, patient safety, patient family centered care and other hospital/community clinic based programs.
Before working for NHF, Dr. Kun was an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stationed in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Acute Communicable Disease Control Branch. She has also worked as a consultant for various private family foundations and has led and participated in multiple large-scale quantitative and qualitative research projects specifically centered on immigrant health. Dr. Kun received her Doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation work addressed health status and access to healthcare of farmworkers living along the eastern MexicoCalifornia border.
Dr. Kun also holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Yale University.