Produce Prescription Programs

Produce Prescription (PPR) Programs are evidence-based interventions that increase access to fruits and vegetables and support healthy behavior change for individuals and families through partnerships among healthcare, community-based organizations, and food retailers. PPR Programs target patients facing food insecurity and those with diet-related chronic diseases with the long-term goal of improving health outcomes, addressing health-related social needs (HRSN), and lowering healthcare costs.

Statewide Learning Network and Committees

Here at the Michigan Farmers Market Association, we are working to build a statewide network of individuals and organizations implementing or working with Produce Prescription Programs. The PPR Statewide Learning Network was developed out of a shared desire to help programs grow, mature, and gain a better understanding of the impact such programs can have on community health and the local food system. The Network aims to bring together partners to discuss a wide range of topics such as evaluation, redemption, implementation, funding, sustainability, and much more. A current focus for the Statewide Learning Network is to create sustainable funding models for this intervention through private insurance coverage and/or Medicaid or Medicare expansion.

Produce Prescription Programs Statewide Learning Network Snapshot

If you would like to be added to the contact list for quarterly meetings, please email office@mifma.org and include Produce Prescription Programs Statewide Learning Network in the subject line.

 

Michigan PPR Coalitions

 

Evaluation Tools

In 2017, MIFMA and Public Sector Consultants developed a set of standardized self-evaluation surveys based on an in-depth review of then-current PPR evaluation tools. Since 2017, the surveys have been updated to improve ease of use, reduce respondent burden, and align with national and state funders’ priorities. The evaluation tools are intended to streamline and standardize data collection across Michigan Produce Prescription (PPR) programs. Using these survey tools and sharing results will help MIFMA analyze PPR program progress and outcomes statewide.

 

The standardized evaluation tools created include a pre-participation survey, post-participation survey, and complementary data sharing agreement. The tools are designed to be self-administered by the program participant. To access this tool, reach out to office@mifma.org.

Reports and Publications

Through the Statewide Learning Network, MIFMA has been able to create a space for ongoing peer-to-peer learning across programs and has been able to foster growth, collaboration, and idea generation across the state. Based on learnings from this Network, MIFMA has created several resources including:

 

Given the growth in the number of PPR programs inventoried since 2016, MIFMA worked to collect data from over 20 programs operating between 2017 – 2021 and published the following complimentary reports:  

The following reports highlight the need for and impact of Produce Prescription Programs in Michigan:

Policymakers have various options to leverage the Produce Prescription model as a powerful response to healthcare’s increasing focus on addressing the social drivers of health, improving health outcomes, and decreasing long-term health care costs.

 

Getting Started

 To learn more about how to start a Produce Prescription Program in your community, MIFMA recommends the following:

  • Prescription for Health Program Implementation Guide developed by the Washtenaw County Health Department
  • Join MIFMA’s Statewide Learning Network which brings together programs, partners, funders, markets, etc. across the state to advance PPR programs in Michigan
  • Browse MIFMA’s reports and publications to become familiar with current Michigan PPR programs operations and models, partnerships involved, and best practices.