Meghan Venable-Thomas

Meghan Venable-Thomas
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Arts in Health and Healing, Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Racial Justice, Social Sector/Non-Profit Populations Served: Low-Income Communities, Native/Tribal/Indigenous People, Rural Communities, Urban Communities
Program Director, Cultural Resilience
Enterprise Community Partners

Meghan’s vision for a Culture of Health begins where people spend most of their time living and creating, in homes and communities. She supports equitable community investment by creating environments for healing-centered approaches, collaboration, lifting residents’ voices, and building social cohesion. Her vision is one where people and communities are not solely strengthened by their adaptive capacity or resilience in the face of trauma and disaster but by their exposure to opportunity, inclusivity, and agency in the governance of their own life circumstances.

Meghan’s experience as a West Point cadet and Army officer tested her creativity in fast-paced environments, enabling her to learn the importance of collaboration. Her academic career centered on translating knowledge into practice to support health equity. Working with survivors as a sexual assault response director continues to remind her of the importance of healing practices. Her current position, cultural resilience program director, is a culmination of these experiences, uplifting community-driven approaches for healthy and equitable community development.

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