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.

Dr. Ted Epperly, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

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. Dr. Epperly retired July 2001 as Colonel after serving 21 years in the United States Army. Dr. Epperly served as the past President and Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  He is a current member of the ACGME Board of Directors that has responsibility of all residency and fellowship training for over 125,000 residents and fellows of all specialties in the United States. He currently serves as the Governor appointed Chairman of the Board for the Idaho Healthcare Coalition that is in charge of helping transform healthcare for the State of Idaho. Dr. Epperly is a member of multiple other Boards of Directors and the President of several non-profit organizations.  He has published over 50 articles and book chapters and he is a staunch supporter of Family Medicine education, research, and both rural and underserved health care. His award winning book Fractured: America’s Broken Health Care System and What Must Be Done To Heal It provides excellent insight to the U.S healthcare system and can be found on  He and his wife Lindy celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in September 2017 and have two sons. Outside of medicine, his interests include golf, skiing, fly-fishing, reading and rock drumming.

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