Concerned about the need to ensure that all citizens had equal and appropriate access to city services and resources and inspired by the explosion of local food trucks, the city of Boston created a “City Hall to Go.” The “City Hall To Go," brings government services out into underserved communities through staffed food truck vehicles. The initiative increased access to services and helped to boost civic engagement and trust.
Inspired to reduce barriers faced by minorities when trying to access healthcare and to navigate the health care system, Dr. Milagros Abreu founded the Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. (LHIP) in East Boston in 2006. Targeted at a population with a low rate of health insurance enrollment, LHIP’s aimed to improve the quality of medical care and coverage for minorities, as well as to provide information that is culturally and linguistically sensitive and appropriate about how to manage their chronic disease conditions. Milagros prioritized increasing access to medical care and food for minority residents, connecting them to medical facilities, and improving health literacy, while reducing medical cost.