Corbin Hill and Mount Sinai have a great plan to bring food to those who need it most.
Can subsidized medical "prescriptions" for fresh fruits and vegetables help low-income patients improve their health?
That's one of the questions two clinician-researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hope to answer as they follow a group of 50 obese children and 50 adults with poorly controlled diabetes. All participants in the new Powerfood program, who will have been identified as "food insecure," get affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
The new pilot, which will begin recruiting participants in September, is led by Mount Sinai physicians Dr. Leora Mogilner, a pediatrician, and Dr. Victoria Mayer, an internist.
Powerfood was developed in partnership with three nonprofit organizations: Bridgeport, Connecticut–based Wholesome Wave, which has championed the prescription model with health providers around the country; the New York Common Pantry, a food pantry in the city that will screen families for food insecurity; and Corbin Hill Food Project, a nonprofit "food hub" that distributes food from local farmers in the Bronx and Harlem.
Read the full article on the Crain's website here.