Healthy Eating Everywhere

Meet Dr. Aliya Hussaini, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Food Trust's 25th anniversary spotlight, picture of Aliya Hussaini, Dell Foundation

25 years, 25 stories

It was as a medical resident that Dr. Aliya Hussaini first recognized the realities of childhood obesity and other diet-related diseases. “In room after room, I was having the same conversation: How can we keep these kids healthy and reduce their risk of the kind of long-term health issues that kids should never have to worry about?”

For Aliya, now health portfolio director for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the answer was to address obesity prevention and food access issues holistically. “The Food Trust was a natural partner in that work,” says Aliya, who did a fellowship in Philadelphia and saw the organization’s efforts firsthand.

Over the last 10 years, The Food Trust has partnered with the Dell Foundation to support healthy eating in schools and corner stores in Philadelphia and to encourage supermarket and other healthy food retail development throughout the South and Southwest U.S.

“The role that the Food Trust has played in Philadelphia has demonstrated for all of us what is possible when organizations take a long-term view of how everyone in the ecosystem can play a role to move the needle around food access and improve the health of communities,” she says. For the past decade, Aliya has helped to expand the organization’s efforts across the United States. The Food Trust, she says, “is the leading edge of our work.”

Learn more about how The Food Trust has partnered with a variety of local, state and national partners throughout the U.S., including the Dell Foundation, for The Center for Healthy Food Access.

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This interview is part of our weekly "25 Years, 25 Stories" series, spotlighting some of The Food Trust's diverse voices in healthy food access. If you would like to support our work, click here to make a tax-deductible donation today.

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