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Food Rx: A Cross-Sector, Patient-Centered Prescription for Diabetes

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM ET

Participants heard how association member Harris Health System, in Houston, is collaborating with the UT School of Public Health and Houston Food Bank to improve clinical and cost outcomes in diabetic patients.

Through a multi-factoral Food Rx intervention grounded in patient choice, vulnerable patients with diabetes who are food insecure receive a food prescription from their primary care provider. The prescription includes the tools needed to prepare the food they receive in a manner sensitive to cost, time, taste, culture, and health condition.

Essential hospitals must stay current on the latest approaches to improving population health — particularly because vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected by upstream determinants of health. Participants gained insights about which health-related social needs to prioritize and how to design sustainable, cross-sector financing models to target those needs.


Shreela Sharma, PhD, LD, RD
Professor of Epidemiology University of Texas School of Public Health
Co-Founder, Brighter Bites

Karen Tseng, JD
Senior Vice President, Population Health Transformation
Harris Health System

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