Meet PH Copeland - Equity Organizer for the Good Food Access Campaign
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
I came to the organization to work on the Good Food Access Campaign. Access to fresh good foods is a privilege in this country. I believe, along with others, that access to these type foods is a fundamental right for individuals and communities to live holistically, healthy, thriving and sustainable lives. In order for that to occur, access to key resources is necessary. To work on food justice ties together my belief in people being intersectional beings, therefore impacted by a variety social issues and public policies. The Heart Association open the door for me to open and explore.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
I’m passionate about all issues that impact individuals and communities' ability to live holistically healthy, thriving and sustainable lives. To name a few; - Affordable health care - Social Security Disability - Quality, affordable, culturally inclusive childcare - Affordable elder care options - De-privatization and defunding of prisons and juvenile detention centers - Better prison diversion programs (ending the school and community to prison pipeline) - Sustainable local agricultural - Clean air and water
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
Attending legislative meetings with three powerful and strong women of color from my Senate district at the MHK Lobby Day on April 6. This is the first time ever in my years of grassroots lobbying speaking with legislators with only women of color leading the meeting. The power we built over the course of the day, being in communication and supporting each other was phenomenal. I'll never forget these women. I'll never forget the moments we shared advocating for our community collectively.
What is your favorite way to be active?
Dancing & Biking
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Parsnip & Sweet Potatoes