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Dr. Elsie Taveras, MPH, MD, is the chief community health equity officer for Mass General Brigham and the executive director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also serves as the Conrad Taff Professor at Harvard Medical School and as a professor in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Nutrition department. A board-certified pediatrician, Elsie has also founded and directed childhood obesity clinical programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital. She currently leads a research team dedicated to studying obesity, including epidemiological analyses of risk factors for childhood obesity across the life course, with an emphasis on racial/ethnic disparities, and translating epidemiological evidence into clinical and public health innovations to prevent and manage obesity and obesity-related conditions. As executive director of the Kraft Center, she leads the development and implementation of innovative solutions to improve health outcomes for underserved patients, families, and communities. Chief among the problems she’s working to address are the opioid epidemic facing the nation and the social determinants that lead to inequalities in health and health care. Elsie also develops programs to promote leadership and training in community health, particularly for underrepresented minority students and those committed to serving medically underserved communities. She earned her BA and MD from New York University and her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Elsie is a Fellow of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.