Food as Medicine – Partnering to improve Food Security and Health Outcomes among Vulnerable Populations
December 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A county without poverty – thriving, resilient, and prosperous communities for ALL. This is what ALL IN envisions in its efforts to eradicate poverty in Alameda County, California. Through collaboration across a variety of partnerships and innovation, ALL IN seeks to ensure that all families are able to:
- Meet their basic needs for food, shelter, healthcare, and safety
- Earn an income that allows for self-sufficiency and asset building
- Obtain a quality education that positions the next generation for academic and economic success
Since 2014, ALL IN has launched strategies addressing school readiness and food security (food recovery and food as medicine), zeroing in on implementing these strategies at the neighborhood level to ensure that they are reflective and responsive of the community’s needs.
Through their Food as Medicine initiative, ALL IN is scaling a clinically integrated model at local federally qualified health centers that features building up modular and scalable health infrastructure: 1) Food farmacies featuring produces grown through regenerative agricultural approaches by a social enterprise of the County Sherriff’s Office and 2) behavioral pharmacy group medical visits through a partnership with a community based organization. ALL IN is working with a public health plan to help provide seed funding to support this effort. This webinar will feature presenters from ALL IN and its partners: Alameda Alliance, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Open Source Wellness and Dig Deep Farms – highlighting the implementation of this model and where opportunities lie to engage community and human service partners to not only address food security and health outcomes but also other social and structural determinants of health.