H2HC 2023 Fall Summit: Cross-Sector Approaches to Health Equity and Innovation Prize Ceremony

Nov 16, 2023
WBUR CitySpace
Boston, MA

On November 16, 2023, H2HC gathered with a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss ways of addressing nutrition and health inequities from both public and private perspectives at the national, regional, and local levels. Whether through federal action, corporate innovation, pilots advancing economic stability, or using data to improve health and well-being, the Summit demonstrated how we all have a role to play in advancing health equity. Speakers outlined how societal impact can be maximized by working collaboratively toward enduring solutions and outlined some themes and insights, summarized below, to move our collective work forward.

Themes and Insights

  • Building a healthy society requires shifting our healthcare focus from treatment of disease to holistic wellness.
  • Prioritizing health equity and social drivers of health is key to holistically addressing disparities in healthcare.
  • Shifting families toward economic self-sufficiency and alleviating income volatility requires a holistic, long-term approach.
  • Providing choice, eradicating stigma, and increasing trust in communities can help to improve nutrition and health outcomes.
  • Sharing resources and breaking down silos can lead to sustainable and scalable solutions.
  • Building nontraditional partnerships between healthcare, community organizations, the federal government, and the private sector leads to increased capacity and broadened reach.
  • Building a narrative around potential cost savings is critical to advancing and expanding health equity initiatives.
  • Taking full advantage of the opportunity for waiver-based experimentation can provide important evidence for expanding creative approaches to social health challenges.



  • Virtual Live Keynote and Q&A with Admiral Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Panel 1: Cross-Sector Approaches to Advancing Health Equity
    Melanie Condon, Sr. Director of Corporate Affairs and Engagement, Keurig Dr Pepper (Moderator)
    Allison Delaney, Director of Healthy Living, Stop & Shop
    Jillian Griffith, Health Partnerships Manager, Amazon Access
    Dwight Schultheis, Director, Instacart Health
    Maria Welch, Innovations Program Manager, Geisinger
  • Spotlight: Innovations at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
    Nicolene Hengen, Executive Director, H2HC (Moderator)
    Sheila Hanley, Senior Advisor, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations
  • Panel 2: Exploring the Role of Basic Income in Advancing Health Equity
    John Erwin, Vice Chancellor for Government Relations, UMass Chan Medical School (Moderator)
    Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director, Worcester Community Action Council
    Megan Curran, Director of Policy, Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University
    Beth Mattingly, Assistant Vice President, Community Development Research & Communications, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    Geeta Pradhan, President, Cambridge Community Foundation
  • Spotlight: The Accenture Health Equity Data Project at The University of Notre Dame
    Nicolene Hengen, Executive Director, H2HC (Moderator)
    Shannon P. Huneke, Health Equity and Retail Convergence Leader, Accenture
  • Townhall: Audience Reflections on the Day
  • H2HC Innovation Prize Ceremony
    2023 Recipients: Alameda County Recipe4Health (accepted by Dr. Steven Chen, Chief Medical Officer) and DC Central Kitchen (accepted by Ja’Sent Brown, Chief Impact Officer)
    Presented by Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO, The Greater Boston Food Bank and Gordon Reid, President, Stop & Shop