Associate Director of Community Engagement
Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
Rochester, New York
Rachel Pickering directs the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency’s Healthy Kids Initiative, a broad-based grassroots coalition of citizens taking action to prevent childhood obesity and overweight in Rochester, NY. For the past 4 years, Ms. Pickering has engaged and organized the community to advocate for improvements to the City School District’s Food Service Program, advanced a new Wellness Policy in the City School District that universally requires recess for elementary school children, and mobilized the community to successfully pass a Complete Street Ordinance in Rochester. Rachel is a member of the NY Academy of Medicine’s DASH-NY Advisory and the NYS Action for Healthy Kids Leadership Team.