2nd Annual Food is Medicine National Summit (April 24-25, 2024)
February 15, 2024

About the Event

In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, the Food is Medicine Institute is pleased to be hosting the second annual Food is Medicine National Summit in Boston, MA on April 24-25, 2024.

This 2-day Summit, supported by Kaiser Permanente and The Rockefeller Foundation, is the nation’s premier event on food is medicine. It will build on last year’s Summit, which was attended by over 1,200 people in person and online. We expect an even bigger audience this year, bringing together healthcare leaders, clinicians, community and advocacy organizers, investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and patients with lived experience to share and highlight advances, best practices, challenges, and next directions in food is medicine.

This year’s Summit will focus on the exciting new directions in food is medicine research in communities, healthcare, research, and government; and the intersections with policy and patients

About the Food is Medicine Institute

The Food is Medicine Institute is a university-wide collaborative effort based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, bringing together experts from across disciplines with other local and national collaborators to advance food is medicine research, training, patient care, and community and policy engagement. Tufts is the leading academic institution globally for advancing food is medicine, engaging in multiple large food is medicine interventional trials in collaboration with health care systems, extensive policy and comparative effectiveness analysis, and more. The first-of-its-kind Institute serves as a catalyst to drive change, improve health, reduce health disparities, and create a more equitable and resilient health care system that recognizes the power of nourishing food.


Detailed agenda and panel topics for the 2024 event is coming soon


This list will continue to update as individuals are added to the event agenda

Allison Aubrey

Correspondent, NPR News

Seth Berkowitz

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Andrew Bremer

Director, NIH Office of Nutrition Research

Bechara Choucair

Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente

John R. Combes

Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Stephen Devries

Executive Director, Nonprofit Gaples Institute Nutrition and Lifestyle Education

Joseph Doyle

Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management and Applied Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management

Christina Economos

Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Shereef Elnahal

Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Kofi Essel

Food as Medicine (FAM) Program Director, Elevance Health

Holly Freishtat

Senior Director of Feeding Change, Milken Institute

Katie Garfield

Director, Whole Person Care, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Livleen Gill

President & CEO, Apostle Group, LLC

Secretary Dan Glickman

Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

Adjunct Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts Unviersity

Nira Goren

Head of Health Information Quality, Google

Josh Hix

CEO, Season

Jim Jones

Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, Food and Drug Administration

Jim Kirby

Chief Commercial Officer, Kroger Health

Jessica Lee

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, CMS

Brent Ling

Director of External Affairs, Wholesome Wave

John Lumpkin

President, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation

Sarah Mastrorocco

Vice President and General Manager of Health, Instacart

Erin McAleer

President & CEO, Project Bread

Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA)

Ranking Member, House Rules Committee

Andrew Moose

Head of Health and Wellness, World Economic Forum

Michelle Morse

Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Danielle Nierenberg

President and Founder, Food Tank

Ruth Petersen

Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pamela Schwartz

Executive Director for Community Health, Kaiser Permanente

Hilary Seligman

Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco

Stefany Shaheen

President, Good Measures

Alissa Wassung

Executive Director, Food Is Medicine Coalition

Amy Yaroch

Executive Director, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition