Jackie Hunt Christensen
Jackie Hunt Christensen has been an activist on health and the environment, toxic chemicals, food safety and many other issues for more than 20 years. She has worked for Greenpeace and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). During her tenure at IATP, Ms. Hunt Christensen served on the planning committee and as a workshop leader at the 3rd Citizen’s Conference on Dioxin, and was a founding member of two very successful international coalitions, Health Care Without Harm: The Campaign for Environmentally Responsible Health Care (HCWH) and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. In early May 2012, she will be named the 2012 recipient of Health Care Without Harm’s “Environmental Health Hero Award.”
Thus, when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998 at the age of 34, Ms. Hunt Christensen was no stranger to activism and advocacy. She simply narrowed her focus to PD, particularly links between environmental contaminants and Parkinson’s. She has been a volunteer board member for the Parkinson Association of Minnesota/National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota for nearly 10 years, and has been involved with the Parkinson’s Action Network for almost as long. In 2009, Ms. Hunt Christensen became a Patient-Representative to the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Special Health Issues. She participated in her first FDA Advisory Committee meeting in October 2011.