Food is Medicine: Innovations in Social Needs Data, Engaging Communities, and Bridging Silos

Health Equity and Anti-racism Talks (HEART)

February 28, 2024
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
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Reshma Gupta, M.D., MSHPM
Chief of Population Health and Accountable Care, UC Davis Health
UC-wide Steering Leadership Team, University of California Health
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Eight percent of chronic disease and premature death is preventable through improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy. California launched the Medically Tailored Meals (MTM) program in January 2023 after their pilot showed reduction in hospitalizations, ED visits, and patients with poorly controlled diabetes. Our office developed a multi-disciplinary team including the Office of Population Health, the Office of Health, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Food and Nutrition Services, worked together with community partners to develop a comprehensive “Food Is Medicine” program for low-income patients with chronic disease. We will discuss how food as medicine can serve as a common unifier between our health systems and community organizations to serve patient needs in an effort to achieve improved health outcomes.