Fighting Food Insecurity in Boston: Equitable & Actionable Approaches

December 14, 2021

11:00 am EST

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the deepest flaws, fractures, and inequities within our health care and social service systems, sparking a national conversation about health equity. Despite the now-overwhelming evidence that racial disparities in health can’t be fixed without addressing their root causes — structural and institutional inequities — policy and practice leaders continue to struggle with operationalizing equitable, community-led approaches to their work.

In this virtual breakfast presented by Health Leads’ Massachusetts Advisory Council, experts and community leaders presented actionable strategies, policies, and practices they’re using to ensure everyone can access the essential resources they need to be healthy.

Event Recording

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Event Speakers

  • Catherine D’Amato, President & CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Patricia Spence, President and CEO, Urban Farming Institute of Boston
  • Jennifer Valenzuela, Chief People & Equity Officer; Executive Director, MA, Health Leads
  • Aziza Musa, Vice President, Business Partnerships and Investor Relations, Health Leads (moderator)

About the Massachusetts Advisory Council

The Massachusetts Advisory Council provides support for the work and mission of Health Leads in addressing the social determinants of health and other challenges to health equity in all communities across the Bay State. The Council is a cohort of qualified and actively engaged cultural, health, business, community, and thought leaders who share a vision of health, well-being, and dignity for every person in every community in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Advisory Council Co-Chairs

  • Travis McCready, Executive Director, US Life Science Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Susan Donahue, Former Chair, Health Leads
  • Michael Blau, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP & Former Chair, Health Leads
  • Sharon McNally, CEO Camp Harborview Foundation & CS, Connors Family Office

Participating Organizations/Sponsors