Monday Dec 05, 2022

Improving Health Equity

Adults with food insecurities have an increased risk for negative health outcomes, including obesity and chronic disease; and children with food insecurities may be at a higher risk for obesity, developmental problems and mental health issues. In this podcast, we’ll discuss what Main Line Health is doing to address food insecurities for their patients who come through their emergency departments.


Guest speakers: 
Joanna Dixon, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CEN
Lead Clinical Nurse Educator
Nurse Residency and Onboarding
Main Line Health System 


Joseph MacDonald, CSSBB, MBA
Process Improvement Engineer
Main Line Health System 


Shonalie Roberts, MHA, ARM, LSSGB
System Director, Health Equity
Main Line Health System


Laura Hoffman, DNP, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Program Director
Performance Improvement Collaboratives


Show Notes: 

[1:48] Why Main Line Health decided use the emergency department to screen for food insecurities  

[2:53] Their screening revealed 530 patients with food insecurities, and the nurses wanted to do more for those patients and that was the beginning of their food bag program

[3:34] The ED screening program isn’t the first food insecurity program at Main Line Health. The Deaver Wellness Farm on their Lankenau Medical Center campus has supplied fruits and vegetables to patients during doctor visits since 2015.

[6:00] Who supports the food bag program

[6:47] EMR helps with the lunch bag program’s workflow

[8:00] Sustainability for the program takes streamlined behind the scenes logistics and standardization of tasks

[10:52] Food bag content

[12:00] Follow up after the patient receives the food bag

[12:48] Program impact on the patients and staff


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