If you missed hearing Fresh Advantage Director Marydale DeBor in the Virtual Town Hall on the intersections between hunger, nutrition, and health, you can listen to it here.

Elaine Waxman, Vice President of Research and Analysis at Feeding America, described Marydale as “leading the charge in integrating health care and disease prevention with the interest in better food.”

Marydale noted that change is coming to reimbursement for food-related Medicaid managed care practices. The social determinants of illness, such as food insecurity, will inform future reimbursement policy. State governments can negotiate with the federal government for waivers for food support, such as medically tailored food and home-delivered food for healing and recovery, to counteract health-related food insecurity issues.

In addition to Marydale, panelists included Hilary Seligman, MD, of the Center for Vulnerable Populations at the University of California, San Francisco, and David Just, PhD, of Cornell University’s Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

The panel presented recent research on the relationship between hunger, food insecurity, and diet-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes and shared promising interventions that are both high-impact and low-cost.
Common Sense Solutions at the Intersection of Hunger, Nutrition, and Health” was presented by Feeding America on July 17, 2014.