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A Systems Change Opportunity

California has invested $6 million into public policy legislation that supports access to food and nutrition services for people with severe and/or chronic illnesses. We believe making medically tailored nutrition and food central to our healthcare system we will produce better health outcomes, lower the cost of care and improve patient satisfaction. The CalFIMC recognizes that we cannot do this alone.

To achieve successful outcomes of the Medi-Cal Medically Tailored Meals Pilot, the CalFIMC needs the advice and support from Medi-Cal health plans, local governments, foundations, hospitals, researchers, community health centers, and social determinants of health providers.

Thanks in part to generous funding from Archstone Foundation the Coalition is launching the California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC) Community Leaders Network with staff support from Project Open Hand.

The Community Leaders Network promotes dialogue on integrating housing, nutrition, health care and economic stability services to better serve older adults and persons with chronic diseases participating in the Medi-Cal Medically Tailored Meals (MTM) Pilot Program. By facilitating a discussion with a network of stakeholders with shared constituents, we can help drive this pilot forward and improve the health of those we serve. As organizations that share a purpose of improving the quality of lives among persons living with chronic diseases, we must work together to achieve our goals.

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2019 Building an Ecosystem of Health Symposium

This annual symposium will bring together leaders in healthcare and social services to address social determinants of health through a professionally facilitated conversation. In order for many of our pilot participants to focus on their disease management through nutrition, they require an ecosystem of medical and social supports that function cohesively to ensure our clients will thrive. Due to space limitations, registration is limited to invited participants.

Monday, January 28, 2019

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

The Center for Healthy Communities

The California Endowment

Oakland, California



Funded by Archstone Foundation


Staffed by Project Open Hand