North Carolina is fertile ground for an approach that bolsters health care’s role in addressing food security and opens doors to healthy food, all while leveraging the expertise and leadership of two of the state’s great resources – its people and the work of our community-based organizations.
This promising approach – Healthy Food Prescription Programs – features partnerships between community-based organizations and the health care sector that leverage the inextricable links between food, nutrition, and health. In these programs, health care providers assess patients for diet-related conditions and/or food insecurity. They then prescribe a food-based intervention, delivered by local organizations with long-standing ties within their community, and in many cases, local producers.
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