Marydale recently spoke at Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA about her experience at the intersection of the food system and healthcare and how important it is to keep these two fields closely intertwined. She also expounded on some ways that Wright-Locke Farm could act as a resource and potential partner to the important health institutions in there community.
Marydale DeBor was excited to speak with Jessie Johnson on the podcast ‘At The Table’. In the episode, Marydale and Jessie discussed the business needs that spurred a complete cafeteria overhaul in her Connecticut hospital, how to prioritize nutritious, local food as primary care, and the role of hospitals in building healthy communities.
Marydale DeBor was honored to receive the Community Heroes ‘Food Justice Award’ from New Haven Farms at their 4th Annual Harvest Celebration & Contra Dance on October 13th. Read more about it on the New Haven Farm website.
Want to learn more about the type of work Fresh Advantage does? Read this article to get a peek into a plan that was put together for addressing food insecurity at an urban Community Mental Health Center.
Marydale DeBor and Fresh Advantage was featured on CivilEats.com on April 6, 2016 in the article ‘This Visionary is Helping Hospitals Take Food Seriously‘ by Larissa Zimberoff. Check it out!
Marydale DeBor is a featured expert in “Treating Hunger As a Health Issue,” a US News & World Report article that examines the role of hospitals in helping patients manage their health outcomes by alleviating food insecurity. Marydale works with hospitals to develop community benefit programs that promote healthy eating, reduce food insecurity, and improve population health. Provisions in the Affordable Care Act now offer financial incentives to encourage hospitals to focus on preventive care and decrease readmission rates. Although this is new and challenging territory for most hospitals, using proven hospital-based programs such as Plow to Plate, which Marydale helped design and build, can help hospitals achieve their health care objectives while maintaining their non-profit status.
Poverty can literally make people sick. As money and food run out at the end of the month, hospitalization for hypoglycemia increases for low-income people, as Dr. Hilary Seligman and her colleagues found in this study reported on in The Atlantic.
Please contact us for information about how Fresh Advantage helps hospitals use their community benefit programs to address food insecurity and its serious health consequences. These programs, which must be strengthened in response to provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, offer a proven means of decreasing food insecurity
FA Director Marydale DeBor, a nationally recognized community benefit expert, is collaborating with leading anti-hunger organizations and physicians across the nation, including Dr. Seligman, in the fight against malnutrition-related disease.
Food Pathfinder and FA founder/director Marydale DeBor was a VP at New Milford Hospital in Connecticut when she was interviewed by Katherine Gustafson for Change Comes to Dinner. Marydale was instrumental in creating and developing Plow to Plate, a nationally recognized community- and hospital-based network of programs dedicated to combating obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. “Two years ago, DeBor moved to New Haven to start the consulting firm Fresh Advantage. She now does work similar to what she did in New Milford . . .” read the book review.
VIDEO & PODCAST LIBRARY
Recovery is Cooking
From Connecticut Mental Health Center
Plow to Plate
Before Fresh Advantage, Marydale co-founded Plow to Plate. Hear about their successes on All Things Connecticut
Prescribing Food, Part 1: Making Hospitals Healthier
From Heritage Radio Network
Women Addressing Food In Healthcare
From the Yale Sustainable Food Project Podcast