As a member of the California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC), Project Angel Food attended the first annual ‘Building an Ecosystem of Health’ symposium on January 28, in Oakland, California.
Organized by Project Open Hand, the symposium brought together leaders to advise and support the Medi-Cal Medically Tailored Meals Pilot Program. The goal of the pilot program is to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes for Medi-Cal recipients with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF).
Symposium attendees included leaders from CalFMIC’s medical nutrition organizations as well as leaders from Medi-Cal health plans, local governments, foundations, hospitals, researchers, community health centers, and social determinants of health providers.
With over 65 participants from various parts of California, a meaningful dialogue was held on integrating housing, nutrition, health care, and economic stability services to better serve older adults and persons with chronic diseases participating in the program. The symposium included a ‘Social Determinants of Health’ primer, a consensus workshop and exercise, an action planning workshop, and a senior strategy panel.
Richard Ayoub, executive director of Project Angel Food, participated in the symposium by providing opening and closing remarks. Ayoub is incoming CalFIMC chair.
For more information on the symposium, visit: https://calfimc.org/leaders-network
For more information on Project Angel Food’s role in the Medi-Cal Medically Tailored Meals Pilot Program, visit: https://www.angelfood.org/chf