The pilot Produce Prescription Program focused on pregnant women, post-partum women (with <18-month-old child).
The pilot study in 2013 enrolled a sample of 75 pregnant women who were less than 24 weeks pregnant at the time of enrollment and were patients at one of four clinics in East and Central Cleveland. After completing a baseline survey appointment, the women received their first produce prescription, a brief counseling/goal setting session, and four $10 vouchers for use at a local farmers’ market. Women received new prescriptions, counseling, and vouchers at three subsequent monthly visits and completed a post-survey at the end of the program. In addition to encouraging healthier food choices, the program connected participants with opportunities for additional economic assistance programs such as WIC, SNAP/EBT, and Produce Perks.
The PRCHN’s partners on the Produce Prescription Pilot study included the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH), the Ohio State University Extension (OSU-E), the Food Policy Coalition (FPC), and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
Watch this PRCHN seminar presentation from February 2015 to learn more about the Produce Prescription Program.