Come to the Table
Every day, the impact of poor nutrition, obesity and hunger is evident in our community. As a non-profit, Mission-based health system committed to community health needs, ProMedica believes there are many social determinants of health that correlate to population health. Food insecurity, instability and deprivation are among them, contributing to health disparities in our 27-county region. Hunger among children, seniors, pregnant women and other groups has an effect on all aspects of wellness. The Come to the Table program was developed by ProMedica to raise awareness about hunger in our communities and to increase access to healthier food among under-served populations.
Come to the Table encompasses a variety of collaborations that can serve as a model for other hospitals and health systems. ProMedica has framed the dialogue for Come to the Table with hunger as a health issue rather than an issue based solely on poverty. This unique approach has changed the dynamic of discussions as well as brought new energy and motivation to the issue. By sharing the detrimental health effects of hunger with our employees, medical professionals and community, there is a much clearer understanding of why ProMedica is working on this issue coupled with a willingness to help. To that end, Come to the Table continually evolves as new partners and opportunities are presented.
Read "A Case to End U.S. Hunger Using Collaboration to Improve Population Health," written by ProMedica CEO and President, Randy Oostra.