We have had some big changes over the New Year here at Food Equality Initiative. With CEO Emily Brown’s departure, Director of Operations Erin Martinez has stepped in. Erin will act as Interim CEO until we find someone to fill Emily’s shoes. Along with new leadership, FEI has made some pretty neat New Year’s Resolutions to our vision in 2022.
We are putting a fresh spin on our mission and vision, really taking the “Food is Medicine” movement by the reins. We are expanding our service to include all diet-related illnesses and conditions and promoting the ideals of nutrition security. National Food is Medicine Day is just the beginning of the work we plan to do in the field.
“Nutrition security is the consistent access, availability, and affordability of foods and beverages that promote well-being and prevent and sometimes treat disease, particularly among racial ethnic minority populations, lower income populations, and rural and remote populations.”
-Dr. Sara Bleich, Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity, USDA -in presentation to NIH 2022
Also coming in 2022 is the launch of FEI’s own Free-From Podcast! This will be a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to the Food is Medicine movement. It will be published on all major podcast streaming sites and free to access for all. More information coming soon!
The Free-From Magazine, as you may have already noticed, is opening a new chapter in 2022. We are condensing our publication into bi-monthly issues, such as this January/February Issue. In doing so, we are able to offer a printed magazine subscription to be delivered directly to your door. – No more having to squint and read all this goodness on your smartphone. – Stay tuned for more information on how to place your order.
Continuing into this year are FEI’s many research projects and advocacy works to learn how to better serve the underrepresented populations in healthcare. We are already working with Stanford, Northwestern, and Texas Children’s Hospital and will be opening up new projects with other children’s hospitals soon. We are excited to provide and collect data to use in creating legislative and institutional change for individuals like our FEI Family Members.
Thank you for sticking with us and supporting our mission. We are greatly looking forward to realizing our vision and seeing what this next year will bring.