Poor eating habits are responsible for nearly 60% of deaths in the U.S and are a significant driver for the rising rates of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression. Community-based organizations and the philanthropic community have responded with a range of innovative “food is medicine” approaches to provide healthy, nutritionally appropriate food to prevent or address specific health conditions.
Join this webinar to learn about the “food is medicine” approach, particularly its focus on “medically tailored meals” for individuals with serious illness, its historical roots, and how it has evolved into a national effort to make medically tailored meals an essential health benefit covered by public and private health insurance. We’ll review the state of the science – what’s known about the link between food insecurity/poor diet and health, health outcomes and health care costs, and the need for research to build the case for health care investments in this intervention.
We’ll also learn about a new three-year study funded by California’s legislature that has the potential to drive policy change in both the private and public sectors. Finally, we will discuss what funders can do to incorporate a “food is medicine” approach to their grantmaking, how programs and practices can be replicated and scaled up, and what can be done to support the movement locally and at the state level.