Food Insecurity

Community Health Centers as Food Oasis Partners: Addressing Food Insecurity for Patients and Communities

NACHC, with support from the Medtronic Foundation, completed a project on food insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food. The Community Health Centers as Food Oasis Partners: Addressing Food Insecurity for Patients and Communities project sought to understand the depth and breadth of what health centers do every day to assure their patients and communities have access to nutritious food.

The project aimed to gain insight into innovative and promising practices, to collect and share examples of program designs that are replicable and sustainable and to understand ways in which food security interventions are impacting health outcomes in target populations.

View the project materials below.

Publication

The Community Health Centers as Food Oasis Partners: Addressing Food Insecurity for Patients and Communities report summarizes the findings of the Community Health Centers as Food Oasis Partners project. Explore selected sections below or download the full publication.

Food Insecurity Report Cover
Health Center Case Studies
Key stakeholders from 14 diverse community health centers share replicable and sustainable promising practices
Food Oasis Partners At a Glance
Information about local, regional and national organizations involved in addressing food insecurity
Getting Started with Your Own Food Insecurity Program
Recommendations for health centers that wish to take steps to address food insecurity in their communities
Reflections and Recommendations from Health Centers
Words of wisdom from health centers addressing food insecurity as an integrated part of their primary care services
NACHC Food Oasis Glossary
Definitions for common terms related to food insecurity

Video

This nine minute video features the patients and staff of Community Health Service Agency, Inc., in Greenville, Texas; Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg, Kentucky; and Native Health in Phoenix, Arizona.

Podcasts

This three-part series explores the food insecurity programs at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center in Brockton, Massachusetts; Native Health in Phoenix, Arizona; and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.

Health Centers and Food Insecurity #1
Health Centers and Food Insecurity #2
Health Centers and Food Insecurity #3