Our people Raquel Bueno-MoralesPolicy Engagement Manager
Raquel Bueno-Morales, M.P.H., is a policy engagement manager for Voices for Healthy Kids. She is responsible for providing guidance and technical assistance to campaigns seeking to improve healthy beverage access. She works on improving tap water access by increasing access to hydration stations in schools while decreasing sugary drinks access and consumption.
Raquel was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and felt determined to understand the root causes of inequality and do something about it. She focused her studies on community health and equity, and eventually received a Master’s in Public Health. Raquel co-founded Upstream Public Health and was Co-Director for 5 years. There she led a team dedicated to creating meaningful dialogue, engaging community, and using the tools of research and advocacy to support public health policies. She led several campaigns in Oregon including legislation to require chain restaurant nutrition menu labeling. Following that, she worked as a Community Coach for the Population Health Institute’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program where she supported teams in every stage from forming coalitions to passing policies in their communities. When not working Raquel enjoys spending time with her partner Jim and two kids - swimming, cycling, wine tasting, and traveling just about anywhere.