Come to the Table
Every day, the impact of poor nutrition, obesity, and hunger is evident in our community. As a non-profit, mission-based health system committed to community health needs, we believe many social determinants of health correlate to population health. Food insecurity, instability and deprivation are among them, contributing to health disparities in our 27-county region. Hunger among children, seniors, pregnant women, and other groups has an effect on all aspects of wellness.
We developed the Come to the Table program to raise awareness about hunger in our communities and to increase access to healthier food among under-served populations.
Come to the Table encompasses a variety of collaborations that serve as a model for other hospitals and health systems.
We’ve framed the dialogue for Come to the Table with hunger as a health issue rather than an issue based solely on poverty. This unique approach has changed the dynamic of discussions as well as brought new energy and motivation to the issue. By sharing the detrimental health effects of hunger with our employees, medical professionals, and community, there is a much clearer understanding of why we are working on this issue coupled with a willingness to help. To that end, Come to the Table continually evolves as new partners and opportunities are presented.
Interested in learning more? Read "A Case to End U.S. Hunger Using Collaboration to Improve Population Health", by ProMedica CEO and President Randy Oostra.
In 2014, ProMedica and the Alliance to End Hunger held three national summits to challenge policy makers and the healthcare industry to address hunger as a health issue. More national summits are planned throughout 2015.
Learn more about the Come to the Table Summits.
Stay up-to-date on our work in addressing hunger as a health issue with our monthly Come to the Table newsletter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
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