Opportunities to Integrate “Root Cause” Determinants of Community Health in the CHNA Process: Focusing on Food Insecurity

October 26, 2016
9 am PT/12 noon ET
One Hour Duration
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: Free

Marydale DeBor, JD
Founder/Managing Director, Fresh Advantage® LLC

Marydale DeBor founded Fresh Advantage LLC after 25 years of experience in health care administration and philanthropy. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to improve the health status of individuals adversely affected by poverty and lack of access to care, food and shelter. While a senior executive at a community hospital, she recognized the urgent need to revolutionize traditional institutional food service and bring considerations of nutritional status and food security into the paradigm of medical practice.  Her goal is to help institutional clients to provide nutritious, wholesome, and culturally appropriate meals to those they serve.

Her advocacy work recently included leading a coalition of grassroots organizations to file public comments in the IRS rulemaking process relevant to the community health needs assessment regulatory process. The effort was successful and resulted in the inclusion, in the Final IRS Rule, of “access to adequate nutrition” and other social determinants of disease in the definition of significant health needs that can be considered by nonprofit hospitals in the development of community health needs assessments and implementation plans.

She is a lecturer in the School of Medicine at Yale University. Her work and philosophy of “food as medicine” has been featured in media articles: (Yale News – Food for Thought) and national news publications: US News – Some Hospitals Prescribe Food, Take Other Steps to Fight Food Insecurity and Food Research & Action Center – Hospitals Can Treat Child Food Insecurity With Summer Meals Programs: An Interview With Marydale DeBor, JD

Webinar Information

Food relates to obesity, diabetes, and other diet sensitive diseases that are ranked among the top priority needs in Community Health Needs Assessments.  When people have limited food resources, it is difficult to eat the specified diet that is necessary for preventing or managing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or obesity.   There are increasing opportunities for hospitals to leverage their limited resources by aligning their efforts with diverse public and private stakeholders who are currently working to address food insecurity at local and regional levels.  Community food security, the food environment and diet-related health measures can be incorporated into the CHNA process and the Implementation Strategy: from secondary and primary data collection, to setting of priority needs, to partnerships at the community level, to models of interventions in health improvement plans.  This webinar will focus on resources and tools that can be incorporated into community benefit initiatives to address food insecurity and improve opportunities for healthy food choices.  Information will be shared from the new guidance – Making Food Systems Part of Your Community Health Needs Assessment: Practical Guidance from the Tackling Hunger Project.

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