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Healthcare and Food Access

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Integrating Medically Supportive Food and Nutrition into Health Care: A Landscape Analysis of Medically Supportive Food and Nutrition Interventions in Health Care

Integrating Medically Supportive Food and Nutrition into Health Care

The Medically Supportive Food and Nutrition Steering Committee launched a statewide survey to identify medically supportive food and nutrition services across California. These services include but not limited to food pharmacies, produce prescriptions, healthy groceries and medically tailored meals designed to prevent, reverse and treat chronic health conditions. The report, Integrating Medically Supportive Food and Nutrition into Healthcare, is a collaboration between SPUR, the Food as Medicine Collaborative and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations shows there is already a strong network of non-traditional providers, such as governmental departments and community-based organizations, poised to expand medically supportive food and nutrition services. However, to build on the existing network of providers, the health care system must address barriers to scaling.

Screen and Intervene: A Toolkit for Pediatricians to Address Food Insecurity

screen and intervene

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released an updated toolkit, Screen & Intervene: A Toolkit for Pediatricians to Address Foodpdf icon Insecurity, designed to help pediatricians identify and address childhood food insecurity. The toolkit provides information on how pediatricians can screen patients for food insecurity and connect patients and their families to federal nutrition programs and community resources.

New Guide for Health Care and Food System Partners

Guide for health care and food systeme partners

ChangeLab Solutions released a new resource, Legal & Policy Strategies for Health Care & Food System Partners. This guide aims to assist staff in community organizations, local governments, and health systems in forming effective partnerships to promote equitable, healthy food access. Offering real-world case studies, including from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and specific strategies, this resource shows how partners can build a more resilient and just food system for the long term.

Screening and Interventions for Food Insecurity in Health Care Settings: State Strategies to Increase an Underutilized Practice in California

Screening and interventions for food insecurity

The report Screening and Interventions for Food Insecurity in Health Care Settings: State Strategies to Increase an Underutilized Practice in Californiapdf icon was developed by the California Food Policy Advocates to examine how food insecurity screening tools can be used to increase referrals to food assistance programs. In addition, how the State can support expansion of the food insecurity screener and enhance onsite CalFresh application assistance in health care settings

New Guidance on Sharing Health Information to Address Food and Nutrition Security

Sharing Health Information to Address Food and Nutrition Security

The State Health Information Guidance (SHIG) Volume 2 - Guidance on Sharing Health Information to Address Food and Nutrition Insecurity in California aims to assist food provisioners, healthcare providers and social services staff to share patient/client information to support coordinated and integrated care and services. The SHIG Volume 2 clarifies existing federal and state laws that affect the disclosure and sharing of patient health and social services information.

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