Founder and Executive Director, Baraka Community Wellness
Raheem Baraka is a seasoned wellness professional with an extensive background within healthcare, exercise science, behavioral coaching and health advocacy. As Executive Director of Baraka Community Wellness (BCW), Raheem steers the organization to deliver innovative evidence based wellness solutions on the ground that address the social determinants of health within low socioeconomic vulnerable populations to close the gap of health inequities and reduce healthcare costs. Prior to founding BCW, Raheem served as the Director of Fitness for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Community Health Centers and was primarily responsible for developing and implementing health promotion and intervention programs for the hospital as well as direct to community engagements. These programs ranged from employee wellness initiatives to community wide holistic behavioral programming and throughout his tenure he trained clinicians and providers on exercise adherence, behavioral modification, health coaching and the technics on how to effectively deliver and implement these non-clinical prevention approaches to patients specific to their individual need through tailored wellness models. Raheem is actively involved in population health efforts and serves as the chairperson of The American Heart Association’s New England Healthy Equity Consortium, is a delegate for Food Solutions New England, a Healthy Boston Ambassador for a joint project with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) and has an appointment on board of directors of the global NGO Health Care Without Harm. Additionally, Raheem has also been recognized for his work and dedication to community health and prevention initiatives by being an awardee of a 2010 and 2015 Partners in Excellence Award (Partners HealthCare), Citations of Recognition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives Liz Malia and Chyna Taylor and a 2016 Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) Community Leadership Award.
As health care institutions move upstream to address the social and environmental conditions that impact health, they need to develop equitable partnerships with community based organizations that already have community buy in and solutions that need to be raised up and supported. This session will highlight two community based organizations that have developed powerful models […]