Fresh, healthy food.25 million + pounds of produce distributed annually.
What is mid-ohio farmacy?
Food makes a difference in health. Mid-Ohio Farmacy links patients to the healthy foods needed to manage and improve health by providing weekly access to fresh produce at participating locations across central Ohio. We hope you are able to get connected because – Food is Health!
Addressing Health Inequity
Everyone should have the opportunity to achieve good health. But it is often not the case. Racism, sexism, and institutional discrimination make it more difficult for certain folks to equally access care. Check out this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to7Yrl50iHI) from the Urban Institute to see how opportunities for treatment, prevention, access to care, and social drivers of poor health differ greatly for some groups of Americans.
Preventative medicine can help prevent chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity – and we know that food is medicine. A pilot program that Mid-Ohio Foodbank was a part of in 2015 working with individuals with diabetes, found that by giving patients diabetes-appropriate food, blood sugar monitoring, primary care referral, and self-management support, there was a significant improvement in mean HbA1c from baseline (8.11 percent) to follow-up (7.96 percent). There were also significant improvements in fruit and vegetable intake, self-efficacy, diabetes distress, medication nonadherence, and trade-offs between buying food or medicine.
In our current model, The Mid-Ohio Farmacy connects patients to fresh produce that will improve health outcomes of all members of the household. The goal of Farmacy is to establish a systematic way to screen for and address food insecurity through an electronic, closed-loop referral system, which connects patients to fresh produce from a food pantry near their home. We partner with FQHCs, Insurers, and health systems across Ohio. Read more about our current partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department Of Family Medicine here.
We know that connecting patients to fresh produce can improve health outcomes, and reduce the cost of care within the healthcare system. Join us in that work today by contacting our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk more about how you can be a part of this growing effort.