As you know, the Affordable Care Act remains under serious threat. We remain committed to putting our shoulders to the wheel at this crucial moment to keep our patients covered. At the same time, DFA members said in our last survey that food insecurity was one of the most important issues for DFA to tackle for our patients.
While we continue to tackle national health policy, we too will need to lead the charge in addressing major barriers to our patients' health -- one of which is food insecurity. Many of our patients struggle with food insecurity, though often don't share this struggle with their health care provider. Understanding patients' food access situations and supporting them with connections to nutritious food can be an important part of your treatment plan to prevent or manage illness. So join us for our upcoming webinar with leading experts in food insecurity and advocacy.
Food As Health: Engaging Physicians, Patients & Communities
Co-Sponsored by Feeding America
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
5PM PST/8PM EST
Then, submit your questions for our speakers and we will do our best to answer them during the call.
Deborah A. Frank MD
Deborah A. Frank serves as Boston University School of Medicine professor of Pediatrics; director, Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center (BMC); and founder and principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatric and public health researchers working to improve child health. A highly respected national authority, she has testified before both the United States and Massachusetts legislatures on the growing national problem of hunger and its effects on children. Dr. Frank also leads research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse on the effects of intrauterine exposure to cocaine and other substances on children’s long term development. She advocates at hearings and in the media against criminalizing addicted mothers or stigmatizing their children.
Dr. Frank has served on numerous committees and advisory boards including the Mayor’s Hunger Commission, the Massachusetts Child Hunger Initiative and the Physicians Task Force on Childhood Hunger in Massachusetts. She has received awards in recognition for her work including the 2004 Standing Ovation Award, Massachusetts Human Services Coalition; 2007 Woman of Valor Award, Jewish Funds for Justice; 2008 Woman of Justice Award, Boston Lawyer’s Weekly, and more recently in 2010 Dr. Frank received the Massachusetts Health Council Outstanding Leadership Award and the Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University. Dr. Frank is the author of more than 50 papers and articles.
Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS
Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS is Associate Professor in Residence at the University of California San Francisco with a primary appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is also Core Faculty for UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, the city’s public hospital. As a general internist, Dr. Seligman treats outpatients and inpatients at San Francisco General Hospital.
As a researcher, Dr. Seligman's work focuses on the intersection between food insecurity in the US and health, particularly the prevention and management of chronic disease. Food insecurity refers to going hungry, or being at risk of going hungry, because of the inability to afford food. As one of the nation's foremost experts on the health implications of food insecurity, Dr. Seligman uses a combination of community-based, clinic-based, and epidemiologic studies to understand the tight connections between food insecurity and ill health, and to develop and test interventions designed to improve health by increasing food access and affordability. Her research has appeared in New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Journal of Nutrition, among others. She regularly speaks about the public health implications of food insecurity to local, regional, and national audiences. Her policy and advocacy expertise focus on federal nutrition programs (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps), food affordability and access, and income-related drivers of food choice.
Dr. Seligman also serves on the Board of Directors for California Food Policy Advocates and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. She serves on the Food Security Task Force for the City and County of San Francisco.
Rita Nguyen, MD, Food As Health Moderator
Dr. Nguyen is a San Francisco Bay Area native whose interests are founded on a desire to unite the humanitarian promise of medicine with the pursuit of social justice. Her public service work has been primarily community-based and focused on addressing inequities faced by underserved communities. In terms of addressing healthcare access, Dr. Nguyen helped found Pacific Free Clinic, a Stanford-affiliated, student-run free clinic on the east side of San Jose. Her work has also encompassed physician advocacy and health policy. As a Doctors for America State Director, she led physician advocates in the greater Boston area to champion reforms that would create a better healthcare system for all, especially the most vulnerable segments of society.
At Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), her main extra-clinical interests lie in transition in care, food environments, and physician advocacy. As Medical Director of Healthy Food Initiatives at ZSFG, she spearheaded several projects that emphasizes the importance of food and health including creating Food Pharmacies where patients can fill prescriptions for healthy diets written by their providers and a transitional meal program that partners with Project Open Hand to deliver medically tailored meals to patients discharged from ZSFG with heart failure. As an Assistant Health Officer and Chronic Disease Physician Specialist for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, she supports chronic disease and cancer prevention efforts for the City and County of San Francisco.
FEEDING AMERICA, Co-Sponsor of Food As Health Campaign
Feeding America aims to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. It is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization—a powerful and efficient network of 200 food banks across the country. As food insecurity rates hold steady at the highest levels ever, the Feeding America network of food banks has risen to meet the need. Feeding America feeds 46 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
Rita Nguyen, Isabel Chen & Rebecca Parad
Food As Health Leadership Team