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Episode #341 Anti-Hunger Activism, With Rachel Cahill, MPA

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Our guest is passionate about the heart of one of America's most critical issues, food insecurity. Joining Dr. Huntley on the podcast is Rachel Cahill, MPA, the principal consultant and owner of a policy and advocacy consulting firm serving anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations across the country. Rachel is a nationally recognized expert in public benefits eligibility and enrollment policy, specializing in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP. Rachel is passionate about making SNAP stronger, more accessible, and more equitable. They delve into how the public health industry has been integral in her advocacy journey and why she’s so passionate about anti-hunger and the SNAP program. They discuss where the tension lies in the anti-hunger activism sphere, how the knowledge of public health helps her better serve her clients and community, and the science that backs up SNAP. Through getting to know Rachel, Dr. Huntley hopes to showcase how public health overlaps with a lot of different industries and to see public health in action from a slightly different perspective!


Meet Rachel Cahill


Rachel Cahill is a nationally recognized expert in public benefits eligibility and enrollment policy, specializing in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Rachel is passionate about making SNAP stronger, more accessible and more equitable. Rachel and her team have a successful track record of partnering with government agencies, policy advocates, and community stakeholders to design policies and programs that reduce hunger and poverty.



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Conversation Highlights


  • Dr. Huntley shares an announcement with listeners

  • We are introduced to this episode’s amazing guest; Rachel Cahill

  • How the public health industry has been integral in her journey as an advocate

  • The public health issue she’s most passionate about

  • She explains the SNAP program

  • Rachel details where her passion originates from

  • She highlights what her ideal client looks like

  • We delve into where the tension lies in the anti-hunger sphere

  • Different factors that could cause the SNAP program to be withdrawn

  • The different products and services she offers

  • Understanding community health; how the knowledge of public health helps Rachel serve her clients and community better

  • The science that backs up SNAP

  • Their main goal: to solve food insecurity

  • Rachel’s advice to anyone interested in a similar line of work


“Something I’ve learned being in Masterminds with people like [Dr. Huntley], who are entrepreneurs [is to] think about providing services that are meaningful in different ways.” — Rachel Cahill

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DrCHHuntley LLC is a public health consulting firm that specializes in epidemiology consulting, supporting large nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We also provide nationwide public health consulting and epidemiology consulting support to BIPOC organizations across the United States.

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