ProMedica Releases Monograph Outlining Role of Collaboration in Ending Hunger

January 6, 2015

ProMedica, a healthcare system based in Toledo, Ohio, is working together with community agencies, faith organizations, businesses, and elected leaders to end hunger, and sharing the successful strategies that are being employed in their region.

To outline the need to work collaboratively to fight the causes of hunger, ProMedica is sharing their article, A Case to End U.S. Hunger Using Collaboration to Improve Population Health, with all who have a stake in achieving a healthier population.

A ProMedica employee repackages unused food for a local food bank. Courtesy: ProMedica

A ProMedica employee repackages unused food for a local food bank. Courtesy: ProMedica

This monograph, written by ProMedica CEO and President Randy Oostra, details why the healthcare industry must align with community and governmentefforts to make the fight against hunger a winnable battle – while improving overall population health. This document also outlines the strategies implemented by ProMedica that can serve as a model for healthcare leaders nationwide.

Some of the strategies implemented by the system include repackaging unserved food at hospitals and the local casino for food banks, screening patients for hunger and supporting community partners who provide basic needs services.

In addition to these strategies, the health system is developing The ProMedica Ebeid Institute for Population Health from a $1.5 million donation from dedicated philanthropist Russ Ebeid. The center, located in a food desert in central Toledo, will feature a healthy food market as well as space for employment and training opportunities as well as other community programs. (Click here to learn more about the Ebeid Institute from ProMedica and Toledo residents.)

A rendering of the ProMedica Ebeid Institute for Population Health, which will bring a healthy food market and more to a food desert in Toledo. Courtesy: ProMedica

A rendering of the ProMedica Ebeid Institute for Population Health, which will bring a healthy food market and more to a food desert in Toledo. Courtesy: ProMedica

While the scope of the hunger problem is significant, ProMedica is confident that collaborative efforts will help health systems, policymakers, and others interested in this issue make substantial strides toward improving health and well-being for our communities.

“Healthcare systems and leaders must recognize that lacking nutritious food to eat is a dire public health concern,” Oostra stated in the monograph. “Addressing hunger as a health issue is an initiative that should infiltrate healthcare systems nationwide for the sake of the country’s most vulnerable residents.

You can learn more about ProMedica’s initiatives to fight hunger in our community by visiting ProMedica’s advocacy webpage.