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SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

Food as Medicine

Overview

According to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, having access to healthy and nutritious food is critical to ensuring a healthy life. Cost of food, income disparities and food deserts are some factors that contribute to food insecurities. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food deserts are defined as areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk and other foods that make up a health diet. Alatrum reports, the number of food deserts is likely under-reported, given that the North American Industry Classification System has determined that small corner stores, which primarily sell pre-packed, unhealthy options, are in the same category as mainstream grocery stores selling a wide variety of healthy foods. Lack of healthy food options can lead to an increase of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Addressing environmental factors such as eligibility programs to increase and expend eligibility benefits, establishing food banks, or community gardens can be steps taken in preventing disease and working towards achieving and maintaining overall health and wellness.

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As prioritized by the community for Orange County:

These grants support a collaborative approach to creating positive change in three primary SDoH action areas: Housing is Health, Food as Medicine and Health & Healing. The recipients are implementing projects that reduce health equity gaps and address SDoH affecting their communities.

Food Security, Nutrition, and Access Collective
Lead Agency: 2-1-1 OC

The Orange County Hunger Alliance (OCHA) was founded as a collaborative of Abound Food Care, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and Community Action Partnership Orange County Food Bank. The OCHA was formed to break down silos among hunger relief organizations in Orange County. By engaging in intentional collaboration and examining current conditions in the emergency food system, OCHA seeks to harness the collective power, expertise, and leadership of the hunger relief community in Orange County.

Contact information:
Rachel Otair-Parris, RParris@AboundFoodCare.org
657-335-4480

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What are Social Determinants of Health?
“Social determinants of health are life-enhancing resources, such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education, and health care, whose distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life.”
- Professor Sherman James, Duke University
What are Social Determinants of Health?
“Social determinants of health are life-enhancing resources, such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education, and health care, whose distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life.”
- Professor Sherman James, Duke University

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