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Prescribing food with Rita Nguyen

Healthcare's role in food security

By Kristin Gecan

Rita Nguyen
Rita Nguyen

Episode 3 of With Intent is available now.

Last week we talked about technology as medicine. This week: food as medicine.

Rita Nguyen, Assistant Health Officer at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and founder of the Food as Medicine Collaborative, explains why doctors should be able to prescribe food—and why the healthcare system should pay for it.

Rita considers the healthcare system's role in food security as well as the individual patient experience:

We are so intentional that our goal is systems change, but at the same time we can't lose sight of the whole point of all this was to actually impact people's lives.

—Rita Nguyen, Assistant Health Officer at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Founder of the Food as Medicine Collaborative, and 2021 Latham Fellow

She also discusses centering equity in this work.

Rita is a 2021 Latham fellow at the Institute of Design. Discover a conversation with Rita, ID clinical professor Chris Rudd, alt_ co-founder Jon Veal, and founder of Equity and Transformation Richard Wallace on our YouTube channel here.

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