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SDOH and food insecurity: SNAP increases present opportunities and challenges for health plans

Event Date: 10/19/2021

Event Overview

Thursday, 10/19/2021
1:30 PM CT – 2:30 PM CT (90 minutes)
Hosted by: Uno Health & Foodsmart

In August 2021, the USDA released a reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which calculates Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The reevaluation concluded that the cost of a nutritious, practical, cost-effective diet is 21% higher than the current Thrifty Food Plan. As a result, the average SNAP benefit will increase beginning October 1, 2021 – by $36.24 per person, per month, or $1.19 per day. This cost adjustment is the first time the purchasing power of the plan has changed since it was first introduced in 1975, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says, “A modernized Thrifty Food Plan is more than a commitment to good nutrition – it’s an investment in our nation’s health, economy, and security. Ensuring low-income families have access to a healthy diet helps prevent disease, supports children in the classroom, reduces health care costs, and more.” 

While the changes to SNAP are permanent, they address a pandemic-related surge in hunger in America, when projections, at one point, predicted 50 million people — including 17 million children — would be considered food insecure by the end of 2020. Vilsack has stressed the importance of making healthy food available to low-income Americans in a March interview with The Washington Post, citing statistics that 60 percent of American adults suffer from one chronic disease, 40 percent from two, and more than 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese. Alliance member health plans serve this vulnerable population – particularly through their DSNP and Medicaid product offerings – and are working hard to face social determinants like food insecurity head-on to more fully support the whole person care of their members. But embedding SDOH into systems, workflows, vendor management agreements, risk adjustment, quality, medical management, and more is easier said than done. In this session, we dig into what’s needed for health plans to address food insecurity among their member population fully. Where are investments needed? How can we be intentional and targeted in our approach?

Join our panel for a lively discussion on what it takes to make an impact. Our panelists bring a variety of deep expertise in areas such as risk adjustment, social work, nutrition, telenutrition, care management, SDOH administration, community partnerships, and more. You’ll hear real-world stories from leaders doing this work on the ground and walk away with tangible ideas on how your organization can support your members eligible for assistance programs as they navigate their path to living a healthier, more vibrant life.

Audience

  • Chief Medical Officers and Medical Directors with responsibility for models of care related government-sponsored programs at your health plan
  • Quality and care management Leaders with responsibility for product design and care management program development
  • Leaders with responsibility for network development, advanced payment models, and provider collaboration
  • Social workers and behavioral health leaders with responsibility for social services and community partnership development



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10/25/2021

Recording: SDOH and food insecurity: SNAP increases present opportunities and challenges for health plans
In this session, panelists dig into what’s needed for health plans to address food insecurity among their member population fully. Join us as they explore what it takes to make an impact. Our panelists bring deep expertise in areas such as risk adjustment, social work, nutrition, telenutrition, care management, SDOH administration, community partnerships, and more. You’ll walk away with tangible ideas on how your organization can support eligible members for assistance programs like SNAP.

Attendees

Below is a list of all delegates registered to date for this event

  • Deborah Abbott
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Risk Adjustment Coordinator at Network Health
  • Don Hufford
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Innovation Strategist at Western Health Advantage
  • David Hurst
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Chief Business Development Officer at Valley Health Plan
  • Liz Lopez Cepero
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • VP Government Programs at Scott & White Health Plan
  • Traci Meadows
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Quality Improvement and Accreditation Manager at Cox HealthPlans
  • Megan Moore
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Director of Clinical Program Development at Presbyterian Health Plan
  • Alyssa Mullen
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • AVP, Quality Improvement and Performance at Health Partners Plans
  • Kristen Roloff
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • RN-Condition Manager at Network Health
  • Bre Stark
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Population Health at Providence Health Plan
  • Sophia Wagener
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Intern at Central Health Plan of California
  • Nancy Weber
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Clinical Integration Program Manager at Network Health
  • Stephanie Wiegman
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Customer Experience Coordinator at Samaritan Health Plans
  • Sam Wu
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER
  • Actuary Medicare at Health Alliance Medical Plans
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