Who We Are
Project HEAL is America’s strongest voice that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible and should be accessible.
In 2008, at the age of 15, Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran founded Project HEAL to raise funds for others who could not otherwise afford treatment. Over the years, we’ve come to understand that money is not the only barrier to accessing treatment, and that clinical treatment is only one piece of the recovery puzzle. Thus in 2017, we reimagined our core services with a new focus on breaking down barriers to care at all stages of the treatment and recovery experience.
TREATMENT ACCESS PROGRAM:
What began as Project HEAL’s core work to fundraise and award grants for in-patient treatment, the Treatment Access Program has evolved to ensure that beneficiaries are equipped to utilize the insurance coverage they are entitled to, and that when coverage cuts out, our treatment partners ensure that they can stay in treatment as long as they need. In 2019, we partnered with The Kennedy Forum to build a model mental health parity enforcement program.
COMMUNITIES OF HEALING:
While common in other mental health fields, peer support has been largely absent in America’s approach to treating eating disorders. Communities of HEALing changes that by providing 100% free peer support and mentorship specifically designed to support eating disorder recovery. Rolling out through our chapter network, and delivered by rigorously trained volunteers, Communities of HEALing has the potential to connect with communities that are currently underrepresented in eating disorder treatment, such as low-income populations, LGBTQ communities, communities of color, and male-identified people.
Project HEAL continually seeks new knowledge and understanding of eating disorder recovery from both leading experts in academic research and the first-hand experience of our network of 100,000+ people across 40 chapters worldwide. Further, we know that our power is in our people. Our Project HEAL chapters — local networks of committed volunteers — drive and adapt our programs to suit the unique needs of their communities.
Recovery is about courage. It is about the courage to take small steps, trusting that they will lead to great accomplishments.
“There was no click, no “magical pill” to cure me. I made a conscious decision to change my life, and worked at it.”