H2HC Connections: January 2024 Newsletter

Jan 11, 2024

Dear friends,

As H2HC faces a new year of growth and change, I’m reflecting with gratitude on the exciting and significant ways in which we have moved forward over the past 12 months. From launching national innovation prizes, to learning more from Admiral Rachel Levine, to engaging with our growing national community of collaborators, H2HC is on the move.

  • In response to the Biden-Harris Administration’s national call to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease by 2030, last spring H2HC boldly committed $1M to our new national Prizes for Innovation. With more than 70 nominations from 22 states in our first year, we are looking forward to engaging in a new round of discovery in 2024.
  • We celebrated our first two $100,000 prize winners, Alameda County Recipe4Health and DC Central Kitchen, at our Fall 2023 Summit in Boston and look forward to working with them, and all of our collaborators, as we continue to build a national community for learning and sharing.
  • In her keynote at our Fall Summit, US Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine reminded us that, “We have to close gaps in support of human thriving by addressing socioeconomic disparities.” Below you’ll find more detail on the 2022 Federal Plan for Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience, also called the ‘People and Places Thriving’ Initiative, that she described.
  • And finally, I encourage you to read our summary report detailing July 2023 conversations at MGB headquarters that focused on state-based models of SDOH innovation (see below).We look forward to collaborating with you in 2024. 

    Nicolene Hengen
    Executive Director

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