RECIPE4HEALTH - Highlights
Roundtable on Food as Medicine convened by Congressmember Barbara Lee and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra
February 24th, 2023 – At this Food as Medicine Roundtable entitled, “Bridging Food as Medicine, Sourcing of Food (Organic and Regeneratively), and Equity: Force Multipliers for Health”, Dr. Steven Chen of Alameda County Recipe4Health raised and answered the following two fundamental questions for the “food as medicine” movement taking off across the country:
- Where does the “food” in “Food as Medicine” come from?
- How does bridging “Food as Medicine”, “Sourcing of Food (Organically and Regeneratively)”, and Equity become force multipliers for health?
Harvard Law Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation Case Studies
January 31st, 2023 – Harvard Law Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation Case Studies released new case studies highlighting current efforts in California to expand access to and coverage of nutrition interventions and other social services for Medicaid enrollees. The case study series documents operational and logistical hurdles and bolsters efforts to integrate nutrition interventions and other health-related social needs into Medicaid services nationwide. One such case study featured Alameda County Recipe4Health and their partnership with Alameda Alliance for Health.
For further information on the case study click here: WPC-Case-Study-R4H-and-AA-Final-Design
If you would like to see the other case studies click here: Harvard Health Law Lab Case Studies Pinpoint Early Successes, Challenges of California’s Innovative Medicaid Program | Health Law Lab
Come to the Table: USDA's National Nutrition Security and Healthcare Summit
October 25th, 2022 – Alameda County Recipe4Health Chief Medical Officer Steven Chen was invited to attend the “Come to the Table” panel at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Headquarters in Washington, DC. The goal of this summit was to build on the momentum of the recent and historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health and identify ways healthcare, community, and policy leaders can work together to implement the vision of the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. It featured remarks by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, and members of Congress, and included overviews and panel discussion with national experts committed to ending hunger and reducing diet-related chronic conditions and disparities.
White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
September 28th, 2022 – Recipe4Health, represented by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Chen, attended the historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in Washington, DC hosted by the Biden-Harris Administration. The Conference unveiled a National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to accelerate progress in fighting hunger, diet-related chronic conditions, and health disparities, with the end goal of building a healthier and more equitable future for the nation. Notably, President Biden and the White House strategy called to expand Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries access to “food as medicine” interventions.
Recipe4Health was honored with a “Best in Health” 2021 NACo Achievement Award
December 13, 2021 – National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Alameda County’s “Recipe4Health” (R4H) initiative a prestigious 2021 Achievement Award for the category of “Best in Health.” Selected out of 844 total entries across 28 states, R4H was recognized for its outstanding efforts to transform health care and health outcomes throughout the County.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra visit to Native American Health Center
October 29, 2021 – Supervisor Wilma Chan, Alameda County District 3, convened a visit and facilitated a discussion with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Alameda County Recipe4Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Chen, and community partners at Native American Health Center (NAHC) to learn how community partnerships are being leveraged to strengthen the health and wellness safety net through the COVID response and beyond.
Dr. Chen highlighted how Alameda County’s Recipe4Health initiative creates intentional partnerships between healthcare (clinics), community-based organizations (health coaches), and food systems (farms) to improve outcomes and processes across these sectors. Dr. Chen shared how this model can be scaled across the nation, building bridges between pre-existing work in these three sectors.
Supervisor Wilma Chan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra pose for a picture with Native American Health Center staff.
Image source: Native American Health Center