Lyla Connolly

Lyla Connolly

Program Assistant

Lyla Connolly serves as the Program Assistant for the Food as Medicine Initiative for ALL IN Alameda County. In May 2020, Lyla graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Medical Anthropology. As an undergraduate, she focused on how individual wellbeing is inextricably linked to social, environmental, and political economic factors. Over the course of her academic career, she explored these topics through various lenses. She conducted field research on Nepali women's relationship to food, body, and health, was awarded for her research on how the quinoa trade impacts livelihoods in Bolivia, and wrote an honors thesis about reimagining alternative medicines, specifically Ayurveda, in the United States. Lyla is also certified as an Integrative Health Practitioner, and is thus passionate about using food and lifestyle interventions to address the underlying root causes of disease. Lyla believes that a truly holistic approach to health care needs to account for the ways in which an individual's dietary and behavioral habits are mediated by the social determinants of health. Through her role as Program Assistant, she is excited to help bring Food as Medicine to underserved communities.