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Overlook Medical Center: Challenging customers to 'try something different'

  • Case Study
  • Food
Overlook Medical Center is a signatory of the Cool Food Pledge, a new platform to help hospitals offer diners more of what they want while slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions.  Overlook is one 23 signatories from health care.  Here are some thoughts from Michael Atanasio, Overlook's director of food and nutrition:  Why have you focused on plant-forward eating in your facility?…

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Overlook Medical Center chef and kids

Sample awards application: Food

  • Food
  • Awards
Health care organizations nationwide are offering healthier menus, working with farmers to purchase locally and sustainably grown products, reducing the amount of meat they purchase and serve, and going beyond their walls to help meet the food needs of their community, all in an effort to support the health of their patients, staff, surrounding community and the environment. Practice Greenhealth…

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Climate co-benefits of healthy food access interventions

  • Community Benefit and Wellness
  • Food
  • Tool
(Health Care Without Harm) This issue brief provides an introduction to bringing climate risks into the community health needs assessment process and identifying valuable climate co-benefits of new or existing food-related initiatives in the community benefit implementation strategy.  By aligning environmental stewardship activities at the hospital with community health activities, there is a…

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Tax reporting for healthy food access programs

  • Community Benefit and Wellness
  • Food
  • Tool
(Health Care Without Harm) This guidance brief provides an overview of the reporting categories on IRS Form 990 Schedule H, as well as some guidelines and “rules of thumb” for how to report community benefit support for a set of healthy food access initiatives discussed throughout this playbook.  These programs can be an effective component of community benefit implementation strategies to…

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Evaluating healthy food access interventions

  • Community Benefit and Wellness
  • Food
  • Tool
(Health Care Without Harm) This brief contains recommendations to assist community benefit staff and community partners in conducting program evaluation for healthy food access programs. It contains guidance for evaluation planning and links out to validated, frequently used surveys and data collection tools to bolster support for programs nationally and develop a common set of indicators,…

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Data sources to assess food access, environments, and behaviors

  • Community Benefit and Wellness
  • Food
  • Tool
(Health Care Without Harm) This brief provides an overview of secondary data sources to assess food access, food environments, and diet-related health needs commonly used in community health needs assessments (CHNAs), along with some less frequently utilized sources that may complement widely used measures.  The brief also discusses recommendations for collecting primary data on food-related…

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Engaging the community to understand food needs

  • Community Benefit and Wellness
  • Food
(Health Care Without Harm) Understanding the built, social, and economic environments in which community members make food decisions as well as the availability of resources to meet daily food needs is critical to effectively address rising rates of diet-related health conditions. Efforts to improve healthy food access and promote healthier community food environments can have a significant…

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Sustainable procurement specifications and resources toolkit

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Chemicals
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Toolkit
This toolkit provides the resources for purchasing sustainable products. Use the sustainable procurement specifications and resources toolkit to identify environmental criteria for RFPs/RFIs, to view specifications or standards, and to identify any available metrics applicable to the products or services under consideration.   Please contact procurement@practicegreenhealth.org with any questions…

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Suggested Environmental Considerations for Dietary Plastic Kits

  • Food
The suggested environmental disclosure questions may be used in your RFI/RFP to help inform your purchasing decisions. Dietary plastic kits may include cutlery, straws, paper napkins and seasonings. However, not all of the questions are applicable for all products.

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Understanding labels: Sustainable eggs

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
This vetted list of criteria meets the definition of sustainable eggs for Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.

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