Food is Medicine Massachusetts


Food is Medicine Massachusetts [FIMMA] is a multi-stakeholder coalition that materialized from the Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan initiative which harnessed diverse expertise across the food and health care systems in the Commonwealth in a collective effort to enhance the role of nutrition in health care to effectively address rising rates of chronic illnesses while controlling health care costs.

 

Mission statement

FIMMA seeks to build a health care system that reliably identifies individuals who are food insecure, connects them to appropriate Food is Medicine interventions, and supports those interventions via sustainable funding.

10 Goals

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Food is Medicine Massachusetts is tasked with:

  1. Overseeing efforts for related policy reform, including policy change at the federal level that will facilitate implementation of the Food is Medicine 15 in Massachusetts

  2. Convening quarterly to evaluate progress on State Plan policy recommendations and coordinate the efforts of the Task Forces on:

    • Provider Nutrition Education and Referral

    • Food is Medicine Community-Based Organizations

    • Food is Medicine Research

  3. Cultivating cross-sector communication surrounding Food is Medicine in Massachusetts

  4. Advocating for future policies that will improve access to Food is Medicine interventions in Massachusetts.

  5. Serving as a conduit of information about national and state-level Food is Medicine policy reform opportunities for stakeholders a cross the Commonwealth


Coalition Members

Our multi-stakeholder State Plan Planning Council is currently undergoing a transition to form Food is Medicine Massachusetts. Membership listing will be available August 2019.