Healthcare providers do more to fight hunger, but efforts could be hindered by funding cuts

April 2018 - Hospitals and health systems are working to provide care in every fact of a patient’s life – including their nutritional needs. From community gardens to vouchers, hospitals have programs to help needs patients gain access to affordable, healthful foods. In Chicago, for instance, Cook County Health and Hospitals System has partnered since 2015 with Greater Chicago Food Depository to address food insecurity among its patients. Staffers screen patients with a two-question survey, and those identified as food insecure receive a voucher to participate in monthly food distributions. Now, however, funding cuts are threatening these vital programs. Read more in Modern Healthcare.

Related Resources

Advancing Health Podcast
Public
At a recent executive forum in Boston presented by AHA’s The Value Initiative, AHA Board Chair, Brian Gragnolati, spoke with Kate Walsh, CEO of Boston Medical…
Case Studies
Public
Nationwide Children’s Hospital wanted to make its surrounding neighborhoods a better place to live and work for its patients and employees.
Toolkits/Methodology
Public
Screening for Social Needs: Guiding Care Teams to Engage Patients is a tool to help hospitals and health systems facilitate sensitive conversations with…
AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan
Sometimes simple solutions can yield big results. Take the case of Virginia Commonwealth University’s department of family medicine and population health. It…
Webinars
Public
We also hope you'll join us on the AHA and the National Council for Behavioral Health on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET for a virtual workshop on:…
Guides/Reports
Public
Numerous studies have demonstrated a link between the social determinants of health and key health outcomes. AHA has worked to promote widespread use of ICD-10…