Lakewood Health System in Staples has advanced innovations in addressing the impact hunger has on the health of their patient populations. Navigating health improvement strategies outside of their clinical walls requires collaborative approaches with a variety of community-based organizations. This session will highlight the health impacts Lakewood Food Farmacy has experienced integrating food into their continuum of care. Additionally, Second Harvest Heartland will review innovative approaches they have taken to support multiple health care systems within Minnesota in addressing food insecurity. Lakewood Health System and Second Harvest Heartland will: share their outcomes including cost, quality and utilization data; and, highlight the formal and informal processes each system has established for shared outcomes.
Alicia Bauman is the Director of Community Health at Lakewood Health System. Alicia has over 15 years of experience in leading and managing community health initiatives that focus on improving the health of populations through community based strategies. Alicia leads initiatives that focus on addressing complex factors that impact both health and wellness at micro and macro levels. Alicia has an undergraduate degree in Community Health, and a Master of Business Administration in Rural Health Care Administration.
Alexandra De Kesel Lofthus joined Second Harvest Heartland in 2016, bringing nearly 20 years of health care and leadership experience to lead the Health Care team. Passionate about developing innovative programs intersecting hunger and health, Alexandra leads work on the nationally recognized FOODRx program. Alexandra earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental and Resources Sciences from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University. She contributes to several organizations such as SUPERATEC and the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.