Providing access to safe and nutritious food for better health outcomes
The health implications of food insecurity are far-reaching and sobering, ranging from increased incidence of chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, to psychosocial deficiencies linked to developmental delays and learning and behavioral problems.
Alisa Craig, Administrator of Wellness and Population Health, recognized that some of the communities served by Hurley Medical Center had a food insecurity rate four times the national average, and many patients were unable to stay healthy because they were choosing between medicine and food. She turned to Advisory Board for help with developing a plan to combat food insecurity.
The following year, Hurley Medical Center launched its Food FARMacy program and served over 1,400 people in its first seven months of operation. These patients received not just food from the Food FARMacy, but also guidance from a dietitian and connections to community resources designed to permanently reverse food insecurity. Here’s how we helped Alisa design the program.