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“Food as Medicine”

by | Jan 20, 2022

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 7:30 pm via Zoom link

Jean Terranova, Director of Food and Health Policy at Community Servings

Research published in JAMA, Health Affairs, and other highly respected scientific journals demonstrates that the provision of medically tailored home-delivered meals (MTM) to individuals experiencing food insecurity and chronic illness significantly improves health outcomes, reduces healthcare costs, and improves patient satisfaction. Accordingly, we will never reach our healthcare goals of improving outcomes, lowering costs and creating equitable access without fully integrating the MTM intervention into healthcare. In this session, we will discuss how Community Servings is utilizing this research to advocate for the reimbursement of MTM through healthcare policy reform, and healthcare payment and delivery models.

Jean Terranova is Director of Food and Health Policy at Community Servings, whose mission is to actively engage the community to provide scratch-made medically tailored meals to individuals and their families experiencing critical or chronic illness and nutrition insecurity. Community Servings commits, in all our programs and business practices, to prioritize racial and economic justice and health equity.

Jean has served as a co-investigator in published studies examining the impact of Community Servings’ medically tailored meals on health outcomes and healthcare utilization and costs. Currently Jean is the site principal investigator for two large-scale NIH studies examining the impact of Community Servings’ meals on health outcomes for individuals with diabetes and food insecurity, and for those with HIV, diabetes, and food insecurity. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Jean has worn many hats as a social justice attorney and advocate. Jean also holds a professional chef’s degree, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute’s Food is Medicine Initiative and on the Policy Committee for the national Food is Medicine Coalition.