HHS Food is Medicine Summit

On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) partnered with the Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs to host the first-ever HHS Food is Medicine summit in Washington, D.C., an all-day event for policymakers, advocates, researchers, and a wide variety of stakeholders with equities in the Food is Medicine space to engage in a substantive conversation about why food is medicine is important, what actions are being taken to advance uptake, and what stakeholders can do to bolster this work. 

The summit, which is part of the larger ODPHP-led Food is Medicine initiative to unify and advance collective action, reflects Secretary Becerra’s vision of moving our country from an illness-care system to a wellness-care system through HHS’s broader Food is Medicine initiative and other related government initiatives.

Agenda: [link to pdf]

Summit Recording: Part 1

Topics covered in Part 1 of the HHS Food is Medicine Summit include: 

  • A Vision for Food is Medicine to Support People & Thriving Communities 
  • The Power and Importance of Nourishment
  • HHS Announcements: Advancing a Collaborative Food is Medicine Landscape
  • Department of HHS Collaboration and Investments in Food is Medicine
  • New CMS Guidance Framing and Opportunities

Summit Recording: Part 2

Topics covered in Part 2 of the HHS Food is Medicine Summit include:

  • Demonstration with Students from a Teaching Kitchen
  • Congressional Comments: Why Food is Medicine is Important
  • Considerations for Food is Medicine and Implications for the Future
  • Federal and State Policy Considerations to Sustain Food is Medicine Approaches
  • Investing to Scale a Lasting Food is Medicine System

Summit Recording: Part 3

Topics included in Part 3 of the HHS Food is Medicine Summit include:

  • Innovation in Community-Informed Food is Medicine Approaches
  • Food is Medicine Integration Opportunities
  • Integrating Food is Medicine into Cross-Sector Systems to Advance Health
  • Building Food is Medicine into Education Across the Health Continuum
  • Closing Remarks