Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of programs or policies are you interested in?
We are interested in programs or policies that identify or address the needs of food insecure patients. Some examples include, but are not limited to:


  • Strategies and tools to assess and address patient food insecurity (by patients we mean individuals who have interfaced with the health care system through emergency room or acute inpatient care regardless of health insurance coverage status, including former and discharged patients);

  • Care coordination models including allied health workers such as community health workers;

  • Engagement of diverse community stakeholders to provide assistance with food such as food banks and pantries or medically tailored home-delivered meals;

  • Food distribution programs and their integration with health care entities;

  • Healthy food financing investments by health care entities;

  • Regional/local food policy councils addressing community food security in collaboration with health care entities;

  • Hospital community benefit programs focusing on hunger and social determinants of health; and

  • Tools to assess local/regional food system barriers to availability and affordability of healthier food.


2. Who can nominate a program or policy?
Programs or policies can be self- or third party-nominated.


3. How is a program or policy nominated?
Complete the online nomination form, or contact Holly Calhoun at


4. What happens after I nominate a hospital program or policy?
PHI and CDC staff will reach out to the identified point of contact at the hospital to learn more. 


5. How will my program or policy benefit?
Innovative hospital programs and policies may be promoted by PHI and CDC as promising practices in the field, and, featured at conferences and meetings, and in written case studies disseminated through various communications platforms.

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