Your Role in the Relationship Between Health, Food, Security, and Nutrition in your Community

About the track: The main premise of the track will be for Summit attendees to gain a better understanding of how health, food security, and nutrition are interrelated for the overall well-being of the people we serve. For the first hour, Dr. Ted Epperly will discuss the concept of screening for “social determinants of health,” eventually honing in on food security in Idaho. Additionally, Dr. Epperly will teach members about the concept of the Medical Health Neighborhood (MHN) and how community partners – i.e., food pantries, health providers, housing authorities, community health workers, behavioral health organizations, emergency medical services (EMS) – take a multi-disciplinary approach to resource utilization in addressing food security. Dr. Epperly’s presentation will segue into a panel discussion consisting of community professionals who will share and discuss “best practices” in the respective areas of: “Screen and Intervene”, rural health, community based nutrition education, and the role of community health workers. Track attendees will come away with ideas, tools, and resources allowing them to collaborate within their respective communities.

Workshop Materials

2018 ‘Next Steps’ and updates for Health Partnerships:

1) Expand 2-question food security screening into locations such as: Federally Qualified Health Centers, District Health Departments, hospital systems

  • Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force (IHRTF) Food is Medicine has expanded the 2-question food insecurity screening into: 1) Genesis Community Health; 2) Mexican Consulate-St. Luke’s Window of Health; 3) Area 3 Agency on Aging; 4) BSU Wellness Center; and 5) Marie Blanchard Friendship Clinic. The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho continues to screen patients.

  • Janet Monti, Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition, presented Food is Medicine information packet to the Board of Directors for potential expansion.

2) Get SNAP Double-Up Food Bucks in grocery stores

  • Boise Co-op has funding and will implement Double-Up Food Bucks in 2019/2020

3) Secure funding for ‘Screen and Intervene’ food security screening models through insurance and Medicaid reimbursements

  • Children’s HealthWatch (Boston Medical Center) committed to assisting the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force members in implementing coding for food security screening so that reimbursement can come from insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare.

  • Phone meeting with Children’s HealthWatch, Vermont School of Medicine and the IHRTF in April regarding coding in Idaho; meeting with University of California San Francisco onsite in May to discuss screening sustainability.

Contact: Kathy Gardner, Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force,


The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force has partnered with The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho to implement a simple, nationally validated, two question food insecurity screening which helps doctors know which patients may need additional resources for themselves or their family. This pilot has reached over 208 households throughout the Ada County, Nampa and Caldwell area! We are currently piloting a Farm to Clinic program that has connected two families to local, healthy, and seasonal produce from our local farm partner, Peaceful Belly Farms.

Dr. Ted Epperly, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

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Dr. Epperly is the President and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, a large Federally Qualified Teaching Health Center comprised of six FQHC clinics, three ACGME family medicine residency programs, and four fellowships. He received an undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology from Utah State University in 1976. He Graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1980.  Dr. Epperly completed his residency in Family Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington in 1983. He completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in 1986 and achieved an additional CAQ in Geriatrics.