Imagine choosing between paying your rent or buying groceries. For many low-income populations, this is a challenge they face regularly. Food insecurity is a public health issue that impacts more than 34 million people, including nine million children, as of 2021 in the U.S.
Did you know?
- 5% of households in the U.S. are food insecure.
- 100% of U.S. counties have food insecurity.
- 53 million Americans turned to food assistance programs in 2021.
The connection between food and health is evident nationwide, and the opportunity for Medicaid to implement food services and supports that address these challenges is substantial. Our new webinar, “Nourishing Communities: Addressing Food Insecurity and Nutrition for Better Health,” uncovered the history of nutrition supports as our speakers explored the challenges faced by states, Medicaid agencies, managed care, and community-based organizations in combatting food insecurity.
SUZANNE BIERMAN, Director
ELIZABETH MATNEY, Medicaid Director
Iowa Department of Health and Human Services
TIM CONROY, Vice President Government and Healthcare Partnerships
JILLIAN BRIDGETTE COHEN, CEO & Co-Founder
Virtual Health Partners
Want to learn more about food insecurity and nutrition?
Check out our whitepaper, "Nutrition Supports in Medicaid: Bridging the Gap Between Federal and Managed Care Initiatives." Uncover the history of nutrition supports from past to present and explore the challenges of addressing food insecurity faced by states, Medicaid agencies, managed care, and more. Click here for the whitepaper.