Caroline Blanco is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has worked with organizations nationwide to promote health and wellness. Caroline currently serves as the Director of Program Development & Collaborations for the American Diabetes Association where she oversees the National Health Disparities Committee, Community Health Workers and Diabetes Support Initiative, nationwide Community Grants program, and various initiatives focused on health equity and social determinants of health. Caroline has helped to develop health education materials and professional education opportunities for health care professionals and community-based organizations. Caroline has previously facilitated various grants through the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Humana Foundation, Pfizer Foundation and the Walmart Foundation – focused on chronic disease prevention and management geared towards policy, systems, and environmental changes in health systems, schools, restaurants and community centers. Caroline has received the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition’s Community Leadership Award, has served on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Public Health and Community Nutrition Committee, President of the South Texas Dietetic Association, and the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council. Caroline has a passion for working at the grassroots level focusing her efforts on health equity.