293. The Devil in the Data: Evaluating Food Is Medicine Programs

Sunday, October 27
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 118-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149400

Food Is Medicine organizations provide community-based medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for patients at nutritional risk from serious illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and others. The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), a Food Is Medicine organization in Philadelphia, provides a program of nutrition support consisting of medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling by RDNs. Increasing access to this model of MNT requires measurement and evaluation of outcomes for reimbursement of nutrition services from public and private healthcare insurance. This session will describe a process for developing a robust outcomes evaluation plan, including how to determine what data is important to stakeholders, attributes of different types of data, measurement tools, data management, resources for data analysis, and outcomes dissemination.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key components of an outcome evaluation.
  • Describe a process for measuring MNT outcomes in a community-based organization including personnel, resources and tools.
  • Apply the lessons to advance evaluation within your own organization.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 9030 Outcomes research, cost-benefit analysis
  • 3020 Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 1065 Informatics

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.5.4 Develops recommendations considering evaluation data, needs of the population, trending data, cost-benefit analysis and funding source.
  • 8.2.1 Assesses the physical, social and cultural needs of the individual, group, community or population.
  • 9.5.5 Analyzes and synthesizes evaluation data to recommend and make modifications to program.


  • Nicole Laverty, RD, LDN

    Director of Nutrition and Client Services

    Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)

  • Speaker(s)

  • Elizabeth Grim, MSW, MPH

    Director of Community Impact

    Connecticut Data Collaborative

  • Jule Anne Henstenburg, PhD, RD, LDN, FAND

    Director or Research and Evaluation

    Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)