Innovation pilots in states today follow the NIH national best practice and establish a Center of Excellence
(CoE). This “Hub and Spoke” infrastructure model supports common protocols and unified predetermined
common endpoints for tracking. HB 253 and SB 488 propose AHCA establish a Florida Food is Medicine CoE operated by the Florida Health and Nutrition Coalition with subject matter expert and over 1,100 member participants
Read CoE One Sheet Rationale.
How can Florida AHCA save $1 Billion and
bring $1 Billion to Florida Businesses?
10-Year FiMPilot Economy Generates $1,058,865,135 Florida Businesses, Charities, Clinics, Physicians, Patients and Healthcare Providers: Find out how the FIM Funding ecosystem comes together.
Review $2 B Business Case >>
The only evaluated FiM Program in Florida, the Healthy Food Prescription shows a drop in HbA1C’s = -0.8 Points in 6 Months.
The Healthy Food Prescription (HFP) was conceived by Tufts Researchers and Living Hungry for a science informed protocol to counter diabetes among food insecure patients involving Principal Investigator Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian and Dr. Kurt Hager.
Health biomarker improvements.
Food is Medicine (FIM)
is a Healthcare Model of a Behavioral Health Intervention with medically precise nutrition for the treatment of diet-related disease with best practices centered at a NIH model hub called the FL FiMCenter of Excellence per HB 253/SB 488.
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
is a Hunger Model for addressing food insecurity with nutrition security programs from food banks, SNAP, WIC, School Meals which are population level healthy food programs vital to all communities living in poverty.
Watch Rep. Mike Caruso announce he just filed the Food is Medicine Bill for Medicaid Waiver 1115 to pilot programs in three counties of Florida. HB 253 was filed for the live announcement at the Jumpstart Session Event with U.S. House Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Dr. Scott Angle, Interim Provost UF and EVP UF/IFAS at Holy Cross Hospital Healthplex on October 23, 2023, hosted by Holy Cross Hospital, South Florida Hunger Coalition, and the Florida Health and Nutrition Coalition.
Watch how the new $2 Billion Food is Medicine Economy will be brought to life in Florida by both bills in the Florida Legislature now: HB 253 and SB 488
Imagine a Florida where Food is Medicine is paid for by Medicaid.
SB 488 and HB 253 are two bills in the Florida House and Senate this year for that purpose.
Sen. Polsky & Rep. Caruso are fighting for us!
It's Committee Time!
Our two bills have to go through three assigned committees in each chamber, the House and the Senate. These committee members need to hear from you!
Please Call (best!)
"Hello, my name is ____, and I live in_____ I am interested in the Food is Medicine Bill and want you to vote YES on HB 253 or SB 488. I believe this is important for people to take accountability, and be given the opportunity to get well using food as their medicine. Plus it saves Florida money, and generates $1 Billion in new revenues into Florida businesses. I believe its very important. Thank you."
Florida Senate Committees
Links to Contact
Florida House Committees on Health
Links to Contact
Click on the Links above to email and call the staff and members to alert them to your interest in the FiM Bills.
Why Florida is Ready for Food is Medicine Pilot now?
Here is a set of materials and info you can read, print out, and share to educate your friends, family and legislators:
FLORIDA HEALTH AND NUTRITION COALITION
On Mission for All Floridians to experience the power of food is medicine for a more efficient and equitable healthcare system.