Programs & Focus Areas: Community Responsive Grants, Oral Health, Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorder and Addiction Care
Frank Martinez Nocito (he/him) joined MeHAF as a Program Officer in January 2019. Frank is an innovative Public Health Nutrition professional with over two decades of diverse state, national and international experience in program development, management and outcome evaluation, policy initiatives, and public-private collaborations. After earning a Master of Science degree from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, he worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy where he focused on human nutrient requirements and public-private partnerships. For most of the past decade his work has focused on improving government benefit programs, health equity, and access to healthy food for marginalized populations. Prior to MeHAF, Frank worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Project Director of the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), pioneering the implementation of three first-in-the-nation, healthy food access pilot programs for low-income families, for which he received both statewide and national accolades. HIP significantly improved SNAP recipients’ health, increased farmer incomes, and decreased food insecurity in Massachusetts. Before turning to public health policy, Frank earned two Bachelor degrees in Nutrition and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Frank and his family relocated from Western Massachusetts to Maine in 2018. He is passionate about family, eating good food, cooking, gardening, running (half-marathons, marathons), hiking, food systems, and social capital.