On July 13, 2022, the Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus held a briefing to highlight the drivers and health impacts of food insecurity, highlight best practices in helping to connect individuals with access to healthy food, and explore potential policy approaches to alleviate the impact of food insecurity.
The webinar featured remarks from Caucus Members Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Tom Cole (R-OK), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Jim McGovern (D-MA). Rep. McGovern spoke about the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health which is set to take place this September. Additional details on the Conference and how to get involved can be found here. The webinar was moderated by Aligning for Health Co-Chair Krista Drobac, and featured remarks from panelists across the health and social services sectors on best practices and models around food as an SDOH, as well as their recommendations for what Congress and the Administration can do to address this issue to improve health outcomes.
Guest panelists included:
- Chris Bernard, Executive Director, Hunger Free Oklahoma
- Crystal Clark, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, UPMC Community HealthChoices, UPMC Health Plan
- Karlen Sandall, Digital Health Worker Manager, OSF OnCall, OSF Healthcare
- Will Sellers, Executive Director, Wholesome Wave Georgia
Panelist bios can be found here. The slides used in the briefing can be found here, and the recording of the briefing can be found here.