For seven years I traveled the world as a U.S. diplomat, advocating for equality, access to social services, and basic human rights. In October 2017, I returned to the United States to continue this work in our healthcare and food systems.
Discussions about health and wellness are often centered on the individual. We often hear things like people “need to stop eating junk food,” “should go to the doctor,” and “don’t exercise because they’re lazy.” Statements like these are problematic because they neglect the reality that health and nutrition are intersectional spaces impacted by race, ethnicity, gender, education, income, geography, and policy. Without addressing inequality in each of these areas, we will continue to see women, people of color, vulnerable populations, and marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by food insecurity and inadequate healthcare.
Through education and advocacy at the individual, community, and policy levels I work to raise awareness about the various socioeconomic and legislative drivers that directly and indirectly prevent equitable and affordable access to nutrition and medical care. Over time, I know that my contributions in this space will help make high-quality food and medical attention the norm for everyone in this country.