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Rachel Zack

Greater Boston Food Bank

Rachel Zack, ScD, ScM joined The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) as their first epidemiologist in 2017. She leads the implementation of GBFB’s research, which is focused on better understanding food insecure populations in Eastern Massachusetts and evaluating the effect of GBFB’s programs on diet, diet-related health outcomes, and healthcare utilization. Dr. Zack attended the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health where she earned a Doctor of Science in Epidemiology and a Master of Science in Global Health and Population.

Nick Birk, M.S.

The Greater Boston Food Bank

Nick Birk, M.S., joined The Greater Boston Food Bank in January of 2021 as a Research Data Analyst. He completed a Masters degree in Biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in December of 2020. His prior experiences have allowed him to explore nutrition from a variety of angles, including as an employee in gardening programs, farmers markets, and in a research team validating diet quality metrics for nutrition research.

Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH

The Greater Boston Food Bank

Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH is the Director of Nutrition in the Divisions of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Senior Health and Research Advisor at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Her interests include reducing nutrition related health disparities with a particular focus on childhood obesity.

Rachel Weil

Greater Boston Food Bank

Rachel Weil, M.S. is a researcher at The Greater Boston Food Bank who supports research on food insecurity and outcomes at GBFB. Rachel earned dual Masters of Science in Agroecology and Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the food bank, Rachel managed Project SOUP, a food pantry in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Support for The Greater Boston Food Bank team comes from The Hunger to Health Collaboratory.
For more information about this research, contact Rachel Zack rzack@gbfb.org.

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