Directory of Innovation

H2HC seeks to identify and elevate innovative models that reach across established disciplines to address food and nutrition inequities and advance health equity in communities across the U.S. To support this mission, H2HC is building a directory of innovative work designed to advance community health and well-being. The directory includes organizations and initiatives collected from the H2HC Prizes for Innovation nominations, independent research, and stakeholder submissions.

To submit your organization or initiative for possible inclusion in the directory, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

 

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Prizes for Innovation winner, 2023
Alameda County Recipe4Health
Alameda County Health Recipe4Health is an innovative model that integrates food-based interventions into healthcare settings to treat, prevent and reverse chronic conditions; to address food and nutrition insecurity and other social determinants of health; and to improve health and racial equity. Through weekly produce prescription deliveries from BIPOC-led organic and regenerative farms and health coaching for patients, along with Food as Medicine training for healthcare staff, Alameda County Recipe4Health is creating sustained improvements in patient health and wellbeing.
Children's Hospital Colorado - Resource Connect
Resource Connect at Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the few pediatric programs of its kind in the country to robustly address social drivers of health (SDOH) by connecting families in a clinical healthcare setting to the social services they need in an integrated cross-system support model. Primary care patients who screen positive for any social needs are paired with a community health navigator, who guides them to an onsite suite of CBO offices, which include services for nutrition and food access, public benefits, housing, education, workforce training, and legal services.
Corbin Hill Food Project
Corbin Hill Food Project is a BIPOC-led nonprofit based in Harlem, New York City, that works at the intersection of food access and food justice. Their work focuses on research, advocacy, community engagement, nutrition education, and food distribution. Their farm share program reaches more than 1,000 city residents and aims to scale up a non-extractive food system that supports BIPOC growers who are systematically excluded from accessing markets and creates access to culturally relevant, fresh food in marginalized communities. In 2015, they launched a virtual interface called ‘Tech Veggie’ to help facilitate ordering, payment and consumer engagement activities and have made the interface available to other organizations across the country that wish to replicate the Corbin Hill model.
Prizes for Innovation winner, 2023
DC Central Kitchen
DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) is a nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. Founded in 1989 as the nation’s first ‘community kitchen,’ the organization provides hands-on culinary job training for individuals facing high barriers to employment while creating living wage jobs and bringing nutritious, dignified food to the community. DCCK’s social ventures include serving scratch-cooked farm-to-school meals in DC schools, delivering fresh, affordable produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without supermarkets, and operating fast-casual cafes throughout the District of Columbia.
DC Greens
DC Greens advances health equity by building a just and resilient food system. Founded in 2009, they are a multiracial organization that focuses on creating cross-sector collaborations, advancing equitable, city-wide policy solutions, and working in solidarity with marginalized communities experiencing poverty and food insecurity. Their work includes community engagement, policy/advocacy, and running a successful produce prescription program and one-acre educational farm, all with the goal of transformational changes at the systems level.
New Hampshire Hunger Solutions
New Hampshire Hunger Solutions (NHHS) is a statewide non-profit organization working to end food insecurity, improve equitable access to nutritious food, and address hunger’s root causes for all New Hampshire residents. NHHS focuses on four priority areas: 1) Engage in policy advocacy to close the gap between those eligible for and those enrolled in federal nutrition programs; 2) Work with schools and communities to increase participation in school meals; 3) Increase public awareness of the causes of and solutions to hunger in New Hampshire; and 4) Engage in coalition building among existing and emerging food access councils and coalitions.
Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities
Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities serves as the hub for community-based initiatives at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, with a focus on improving social drivers of health. The Magoon Institute leads an innovative cross-hospital Pantry Partnership Model, in which Chicago-based hospitals each support at least one food pantry with the goals of building capacity, increasing fresh food availability, and expanding access to wraparound social services. The Magoon Institute also collaborates with community organizations to convene its Healthy Food Access Strategy Group, which implements upstream strategies to address health disparities, including screening and referrals for food insecurity, bolstering community efforts to strengthen food systems, advocating for supportive nutrition policy, and driving program implementation.
Reinvestment Partners
Reinvestment Partners is a nonprofit organization addressing poverty and social injustice in the areas of food, housing, community development, health, and financial services. Reinvestment Partner's nutrition security program, Eat Well Rx (eatwellrx.org), is a clinically integrated produce prescription program, contracted with managed care organizations (MCOs), in which patients with diet-related diseases receive a preloaded debit card with a monthly allotment to spend in fruits and vegetables. Other programs and services offered by Reinvestment Partners include: community development, HUD-certified housing counseling, healthy homes and lead safety services, taxpayer assistance, and research and advocacy.
Wello - Cultivating Community
Wello is a nonprofit organization based in Green Bay, WI, with the mission of co-creating upstream community-based solutions to advance health equity. Wello's Cultivating Community (CC) Healthy Food Access Program is a flexible, relationship-based initiative that supplements current centralized food insecurity channels with a nimble network of relationships that moves fresh local food to food insecure individuals through trusted, culturally-specific community channels including local resource centers serving BIPOC and immigrant clients. The model has been recognized at the state level as an effective, scalable strategy for increasing equity, dignity and health-affirming practices in hunger relief efforts. The model also prioritizes small, local farms in meeting the food needs of their community and supports environmental sustainability by reducing food miles.

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