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New Hartford HealthCare ‘food farmacy’ aims to improve health outcomes

Hartford HealthCare
A new 'food farmacy' treatment program from Hartford HealthCare measures health outcomes in patients with diabetes, heart disease, and more

Hartford HealthCare is in the pilot phase of an innovative “food as medicine” treatment program called food farmacy.

This hour on Where We Live, we hear from a cardiac patient referred by a Hartford Hospital cardiologist to the free farmacy pantry. The program is offered to food-insecure patients and their families, and is aimed to improve outcomes in patients with diabetes, heart failure, and more.

Experts also weigh in on food deserts in low-income communities, and SNAP incentives to choose healthier foods.


Jessica Soto: Hartford HealthCare food pharmacy patient

David Fichandler: Senior Director, Clinical Operations, HartfordHealthCare

Devin Avasahalom-Smith: Aldar Ward 20, Newhallville, New Haven

Patrick Dowling: Resource Director, End Hunger Connecticut

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Sujata Srinivasan is Connecticut Public Radio’s senior health reporter. Prior to that, she was a senior producer for Where We Live, a newsroom editor, and from 2010-2014, a business reporter for the station.
Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.