The Produce Prescription program works to help residents in low-resource neighborhoods foster healthier eating habits through
- fostering healthier eating habits through partnerships between community health clinics and farmers’ markets,
- providing economic incentives and nutritional education to encourage participants to make healthy food choices, and
- increasing the use of farmers’ markets.
During summer 2016, the program enrolled 450 patients at six community health clinics, including three Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) clinics in Hough, Collinwood, and East Cleveland as well as Care Alliance Health Center in Central, Stephanie Tubbs Jones (part of Cleveland Clinic) in East Cleveland, and St. Vincent (part of St. Vincent Charity Hospital) in Central. Each of these are designated as “safety net” clinics because more than 30% of their patients qualify for Medicaid.
PRx participants receive vouchers for use at local farmers’ markets so that choosing fresh vegetables or fruits is an economically feasible choice. The Gateway 105 Farmers Market added a market at the NEON Hough clinic, and the Bridgeport fresh produce mobile van began make twice-weekly stops at the Care Alliance clinic, making it easier for PRx participants to use those vouchers.
Learn more about the Produce Prescription Program in this segment from WVIZ/Ideastream's Be Well series.