Food for Health: Improving Community Health by Addressing Food Insecurity

Food for Health: Improving Community Health by Addressing Food Insecurity

Slides

This All In project showcase webinar features two projects that are creating linkages between health systems and food systems to better serve their communities. While promoting individual health is a primary aim, these sites demonstrate how focusing on food security can reap benefits for the healthcare sector and the community as a whole.

Projects Showcased

The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, the Parkland Health and Hospital System, and the North Texas Food Bank and its partner agencies are leveraging the Dallas Information Exchange Portal to improve the diet and nutrition of patients who experience food insecurity and have been diagnosed with chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes. 

The Harris County BUILD Health Partnership addressed these issues by launching a complete food system using models, programs, and policies shown by evidence to reduce BMI while also closing the gap in upstream factors of food insecurity. The partnership’s vision was nutrition equity in North Pasadena, and its mission was to eliminate the conditions that cause food insecurity.

Additional Resources

This blog shares key takeaways from this All In webinar, which featured two projects forming community partnerships and data systems linking social service providers, food banks, hospitals/health systems, and other sectors to improve health outcomes. 

Read a summary of the questions asked by participants during the webinar and the answers provided by the presenters.

Stephanie Fenniri and Dr. Yolande Pengetnze of the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation joined the All In podcast to discuss how they are integrating data from hospitals and food pantries in Dallas, TX to improve the nutrition of patients with chronic diseases who experience food insecurity.

This DASH project spotlight shares how the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, the Parkland Health and Hospital System, and the North Texas Food Bank and its 200+ Partner Agencies are leveraging the Dallas Information Exchange Portal (IEP) to improve the nutrition of food bank clients with chronic conditions.

POLITICO Magazine wrote about the efforts of the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation to create an information sharing network that gets health care to the most vulnerable citizens before they show up in the ER.

Knowledge Applied features physician-scientist Stacy Lindau’s work on food insecurity. Prof. Stacy Lindau leads a program to help combat hunger called Feed1st. With six food pantries located throughout Comer Children’s Hospital, it is serving a profound solution in the fight against a condition known as “food insecurity.”