August 26, 2022
Nearly 40 million Americans, including 12 million children, experience food or nutrition insecurity. The pandemic has only made things worse—prompting public commitments from the White House to end hunger by 2030.
With their deep community ties and investments, the Alliance of Community Health Plans‘ (ACHP) member companies are well-suited to provide insights that inform the Biden Administration’s upcoming strategy conference on its commitment to end hunger by 2030. The nonprofit health organizations that make up ACHP are combatting food and nutrition insecurity through robust community partnerships, innovative clinical solutions and creative patient engagement strategies.
A recent ACHP webinar explored how ACHP members are leading the charge against food and nutrition insecurity, insights that can inform other efforts and what policies can bolster health care organizations’ efforts to end hunger.
“It’s really about validating that model that food is a medicine, and we can reduce health care costs. We’re taking lessons learned and working with local community partners. We provide the clinical component—the health coaching, the access to the dietician—and they provide the food. We’re able to give them our nutritional standards and offer some dollars to get things started. Really looking at where are people already going to access food, and how do we make that a healthier place?”
– Brian Ebersole, Geisinger
“There’s so many opportunities where if you apply for transitional assistance, why would that not feed into SNAP and feed into our Medicaid program? It just doesn’t make sense that individuals and families need to go in and work on five different applications. On the federal side, that needs to be done, and I’d love to see it trickle down to states for some guidance so that states can follow something that’s simpler. And then utilize partners like Geisinger and Fallon Health that are community partners and would be more than happy to walk our members through this process and assist them.”
– Christine Bik, Fallon Health
- Adam Zipkin – Counsel – Office of Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
- Christie Bik – Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy – Fallon Health
- Brian Ebersole – Senior Director – Geisinger
- Andrew Cheyne – Deputy Director, SNAP – Food Research & Action Center
- Rick Whitted – CEO, U.S. Hunger
Questions about this webinar? Reach out to Nissa Shaffi