271. Nutrition Prescription: Using Public-Private Partnerships to Develop Novel Food Insecurity Solutions

Sunday, October 27
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 119-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149420

With 11% of Washington state households reporting food insecurity, innovative methods to increase access to healthful foods are needed. Fruit and vegetable prescription programs are a novel approach for health care systems to simultaneously address food insecurity and chronic disease prevention and management among low-income patients. Two experts in fruit and vegetable prescription (Rx) program delivery and measurement will share how to successfully work across public and private sectors, and will present a case study of implementation and evaluation by dietitians at a large multi-clinic medical center. Results over three years using three different Rx modalities will be discussed—Rx redeemed at farmers markets, Rx redeemed at large-chain supermarkets and ethnic grocery stores, and Rx filled on-site at the medical center clinic for a bag of organic produce. The presenters will engage the audience through polling, and case study formats for an informative presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline necessary steps to implement a fruit and vegetable prescription program
  • Describe how to partner across public and private sectors to achieve food insecurity program success
  • Detail necessary attributes of a data management system at both government and clinic site levels

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4070 Food security and hunger
  • 4080 Government-funded Food & Nutrition Programs
  • 9020 Evaluation and application of research

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.1.2 Leads or participates in the development of food, nutrition and health policies.
  • 6.1.9 Interprets data to formulate judgments, conclusions and reports.
  • 7.2.3 Communicates the role of sustainable food practices and food insecurities for populations.


  • Anne Lund, MPH RD

    Director, University of Washington Coordinated Program in Dietetics

    University of Washington

  • Speaker(s)

  • Benjamin Atkinson, MS RD CD


    Auburn School District

  • Alyssa Auvinen, BS

    Project Director, Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program

    Washington State Department of Health