Health Care Partnerships

Good nutrition is vital to health.

The cost of food has soared in the last two decades while incomes have flattened or declined.

Diet-related disease such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes or obesity now accounts for 86% of health care costs according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Health care providers know they need to address this issue, but haven’t been quite sure how to do it. Oregon Food Bank can help bridge the gap between health and food insecurity.

Tools, Training & Resources Promote Action

Oregon Food Bank’s Health Care Partnerships Program works at the local, state and national level to provide health care providers, large health care systems and policy makers with:

  • Information about food and nutrition education resources in every county to share with patients
  • Nationally validated food insecurity screening tools and best practices
  • Models of innovative programs across Oregon and the U.S. to improve patients’ diets and access to healthy food
  • Facilitate collaborations between health care and local Oregon Food Bank partner agencies and other social service providers
  • Advocate for policies that emphasize addressing food insecurity through health care and allocating health care funds to address it
  • A free continuing medical education course (CME) on childhood hunger, thanks to the assistance of health and hunger experts on the Childhood Hunger Coalition.

From FRAC and the AARP Foundation: Free Online Course for Health Care Providers and Community-Based Partners on Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults

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In just 60 minutes, health care providers and community-based partners can learn how to screen patients age 50 and older for food insecurity and connect them to key nutrition resources like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The course is approved for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (MDs and DOs). All other learners can download a certificate of participation upon completion of the course.

Resources for Health Care Providers:

  • Two question screening tool
  • Local food and nutrition education resource information
  • Best practices
  • Food and nutrition interventions

How Can Health Care Professionals Help?


Lynn Knox
Statewide Health Care Liaison

How Can the Public Help?

Many health care organizations are now required to have public involvement and would appreciate your help!

Hospitals and regional coordinated care organizations must develop community health assessments to guide funding decisions and seek public input and assistance.

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