H2HC, founded by Stop & Shop leadership and Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank, is publicly launched at “The Power of Collaboration” event at the Boston Public Library. H2HC is designed as a national model for cross-sector stakeholders to collectively address the health consequences of hunger.
H2HC supports a ground-breaking study detailing the healthcare-related costs of food insecurity: “$2.4 Billion: The Avoidable Cost of Hunger in Massachusetts.” This study is the first state-based application of the methodology used by Bread for the World in its 2015 national study, "The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality". The study reported that in 2014, hunger and food insecurity increased US health expenditures by $160 billion.
With Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) and UMass Chan Medical School President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson, H2HC convenes “Mobilizing Healthcare for a Hunger-Free Massachusetts” on the UMass Chan Medical School campus.
H2HC convenes the “Hunger to Health Summit: Acting Together to Address Food Insecurity” featuring speakers MA Attorney General Maura Healey, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, and other regional and national leaders.
"Mobilizing Healthcare Grantee Forum” explores innovative ways to strengthen healthcare screenings and referrals for food insecurity.
"Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Social Sector” at the Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College helps H2HC grantees identify and develop strategies to overcome organizational challenges and obstacles.
H2HC convenes the virtual event, “Community Inequalities During COVID-19 Recovery Townhall”, with the Museum of Science.
H2HC convenes the virtual event, “Hunger to Health in COVID and Beyond: Food Policy as Health Policy”, with the Museum of Science.
With support from H2HC, “Gaps in Food Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Massachusetts" surveys 3,000 residents across the Commonwealth to better understand food insecurity issues and challenges.
H2HC hires its first executive director to move the organization forward.
In partnership with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, H2HC virtually convenes more than 250 participants for “The Economic and Health Impacts of Food Insecurity: The Business Community as Changemaker”.
H2HC supports the pilot phase of a Children's HealthWatch economic mobility study designed to help 500 low-wage families move to greater stability over three years.
H2HC establishes a new organizational structure that includes Leadership and Advisory Councils as well as opportunities for partnership.2022
H2HC supports the second annual statewide survey, "Opportunities to Improve Food Equity and Access Massachusetts". The study finds that 1 in 3 residents in the Commonwealth are food insecure.
H2HC is invited to join the National Task Force Informing the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Task Force released its comprehensive report "Ambitious, Actionable Recommendations to End Hunger, Advance Nutrition, and Improve Health in the United States", ahead of the historic September 2022 Conference. Many of the Task Force recommendations were incorporated into the Biden-Harris Administration National Strategy, the goal of which is to end hunger, increase healthy eating, and reduce diet-related diseases by 2030.
H2HC convenes 75 local and national corporate, government, healthcare, and nonprofit leaders at its 2022 Fall Summit at the Museum of Science. The Summit focuses on innovative work across sectors as well as next steps following the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
Following the Fall 2022 Summit, H2HC releases an event report, "The Way Forward: Learnings from the Fall 2022 Summit", as an important resource that summarizes the cross-sector group’s best thinking, insights, and recommendations.
H2HC launches a national prize-making process to identify and highlight successful and innovative efforts to address food and nutrition inequities, and advance health equity, in communities throughout the United States. In this inaugural year, H2HC will award two $100,000 prizes. Prize recipients will be announced and introduced at the H2HC Fall Summit on November 16, 2023, at WBUR CitySpace in Boston.
H2HC hosts a discussion at Mass General Brigham in Somerville, MA and virtually on the national landscape and select state-based challenges and successes of addressing social drivers of health (SDOH). The event featured speakers from corporate, government, healthcare, academic, and CBO sectors.