Policy Work

Alameda County Recipe4Health is working to identify sustainable funding mechanisms and recommend policy changes to make medically supportive food and nutrition services a covered benefit by Medi-Cal managed care plans. For more information on policy work related to medically supportive foods and nutrition services, click here.  

Measure A raised the sales tax by one-half cent to provide financial support for medical and public health services for Alameda County residents in need. Click here to learn more about Measure A funding. 

Research & Work 

Stanford University, the University of California San Francisco, the Community Health Center Network, Alameda Alliance for Health, and the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition are working together to evaluate and research Recipe4Health’s impact on health outcomes, healthcare utilization, patient-reported outcomes, health-related behaviors, and food insecurity. 

Open Source Wellness, in partnership with the Alameda Health System, published an analysis of the effectiveness of a clinic-based group medical visit integration of the behavioral pharmacy model in a federally qualified health center in Hayward, California. They demonstrated significant increases in daily servings of fruits and vegetables and exercise. 

Download Group Medical Visits 2.0: The Open Source Wellness Behavioral Pharmacy Model (PDF)