From American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, announced the first request for proposals (RFP) for the new Food Is Medicine Initiative targeted at improving health outcomes for millions of people. The Association anticipates awarding up to $3 million in research funds focused on feasibility and implementation science, specifically to achieve high rates of enrollment and engagement in Food Is Medicine interventions, and testing ways to accomplish significant short-term changes in healthy eating behavior. Equity is central to this initiative, and applicants will be strongly encouraged to use a patient-centered approach to study design.
“Healthy foods can help treat and prevent serious chronic diseases that impact millions of people nationwide and constitute a large and disproportionate share of health care spending,” said Kevin Volpp, M.D., Ph.D., American Heart Association volunteer, director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and newly appointed research lead of the Food Is Medicine Initiative. “We are executing an inclusive and coordinated research strategy to identify methods and strategies where Food Is Medicine supports treatment and prevention of diet-related diseases, with the goal of making Food Is Medicine a regular and reimbursable component of health care.”