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PRx Prescriptions for Fruits and Vegetables:

Health Intervention for Families

Food is a critical part of a patient’s healthcare and is impactful in the treatment and management of disease. The Produce Prescription (PRx) Program connects patients with diet related diseases (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, etc.) to providers that write prescriptions for free fruits and vegetables. Patients are screened for food insecurity within their household and providers issue monthly prescriptions to meet the entire family’s recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

 

The PRx Process

 

In its pilot year, PRx was implemented in two school-based health centers in Cincinnati. In 2019, the program is operating in three communities across the state of Ohio:

Cincinnati Partners

Cincinnati

Nineteen Sayler Park students (55 family members) are participating in a cohort that focuses on pediatric obesity. The six-month program will transition into a winter program emphasizing physical activity.

Health Partners: Mercy Health, Mercy Health Center at Sayler Park School

Redemption Locations: Gracely Food Mart, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

Education Partner: La Soupe

Dayton Partners

Dayton

A three-month program is focused on adult diabetes patients with a goal of knowing and lowering their hemoglobin A1c number. Fifteen patients (37 family members) are receiving weekly CSA boxes of vegetables and monthly prescriptions.

Health Partner: Five Rivers Health Center

Redemption Locations: Mission of Mary Cooperative Farm

Education Partner: La Soupe

Canton Partners

Canton

Thirty-three adult patients (90 family members) are enrolled in a 6-month PRx program.  Patients were recruited into two cohorts of patients: diabetes and obesity.

Health Partners: Creating Healthy Communities- Stark County Health Department, Aultman Hospital, Little Flower Family Practice

Redemption Locations: Canton Farmers’ Market, Fishers Foods, StarkFresh Mobile Grocery Market

Education Partner: OSU Extension

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