Dr Jennifer Alden is a Health Broker, her business Growing Change brings people together to activate ideas to improve community health and wellbeing. Seeing the link between what we eat and how it affects our health and that of the planet, Growing Change was established to support local community food initiatives and to consult to organisations, government and community to create oppportunities to strengthen local health, environmental and social outcomes. She sees a healthier environment as a potential bonus of taking serious action to address climate change and that this could also lead to a healthier and more equal society.
With over 30 years of experience in community health as a scientific researcher, health practitioner and health service manager, she is also a published author on women’s mental health, nutrition and dieting disorders. Previously CEO of Victorian urban agriculture not for profit Cultivating Community and prior to that as a senior policy advisor at VicHealth, she has a keen interest in social justice issues, social change, community wellbeing and the politics of food and its production and in growing and preparing food that is not only kind to the planet but for our bodies as well. Jennifer has a Doctorate of Public Health from Flinders University with a focus on food policy, a Masters degree in Women’s Health from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma of Naturopathy from the Southern School of Natural Therapies and an Honours degree in Science from Monash University. She is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia.
What is a Health Broker?
A Health Broker catalyses change, bringing together community, all levels of government, services and networks, to activate innovative ideas to improve community health and wellbeing.