Emerging research supports a powerful role for nutrition in helping to prevent, manage, and treat diet-related chronic disease – but there’s far more to learn. On January 27th, join Food & Society at the Aspen Institute and the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation as they launch the Food is Medicine Research Action Plan. With generous support from the Walmart Foundation, the Research Action Plan was developed over the course of 18 months of stakeholder engagement and guided by a group of expert advisors. It puts forward 26 recommendations to guide the next decade of equity-centered, purposeful, translatable research in the Food is Medicine field and contains a comprehensive overview of the peer-reviewed research on food and nutrition interventions like medically tailored meals, medically tailored groceries, and produce prescriptions. When it comes to integrating food access into our health care system, the Food is Medicine Research Action Plan describes the coordinated effort and investment that will build the evidence base for meaningful change.


Jim McGovern


Congressman for the 2nd District of Massachusetts

Jim was born and raised in the Burncoat neighborhood of Worcester. The values he learned from his friends and family are the same ones he fights for every day in Congress: fairness, decency, respect for all people, and the idea that each of us has an obligation to give back…

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Vanessa Georges

Client of Community Servings and Advocate

Vanessa Georges receives medically-tailored meals from Community Servings in Massachusetts. Vanessa was diagnosed with cancer in July 2018, and has been a client of Community Servings for one year. She was born and raised in Worcester, and although she’s lived in other parts of the country, moved back to Massachusetts…

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Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS

Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco

Dr. Seligman directs the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCSF, School of Medicine. NCSP aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. The goal of the program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new…

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Pamela Schwartz, MPH

Executive Director for Community Health

Kaiser Permanente

Pamela Schwartz joined Kaiser Permanente in 2001 and serves as the Executive Director for Community Health.  In this position, Pam leads Food for Life, Kaiser Permanente’s comprehensive approach for transforming the economic, social and policy environments so that people across the nation have access to affordable healthy food. She also leads…

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Trina Ragain, MSPH

Director of Policy & Innovation

Operation Food Search

St. Louis, MO

Ragain is responsible for educating and engaging elected officials, policymakers, government agencies, and direct service providers to take action in order to reduce food access barriers. She also examines opportunities to increase advocacy with critical health system influencers.

Prior to joining the organization, Ragain worked at the March of Dimes…

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Participant in the Fresh Rx: Nourishing Healthy Starts Program and Advocate

Katie is mom to three children, ages 2, 4, and 6. Katie delivered her youngest daughter, Cora, while she was in the Fresh Rx: Nourishing Healthy Starts program. Katie was a member of Fresh Rx Participant Advisory Council, providing expert feedback throughout the development of the Fresh Rx: Nourishing Healthy Starts…

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Corby Kummer

Executive Director, Food & Society

Aspen Institute

Corby Kummer is executive director of Food & Society at the Aspen Institute, a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science, and a senior editor of The Atlantic. He is the author of The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food, the first book in English on the…

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Sarah Downer, JD

Associate Director, Whole Person Care, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Sarah Downer is a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and co-directs the Center’s Whole Person Care Initiative, which seeks to improve care for underserved individuals at every point of interaction with the health care system. She serves as a Special…

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