Implementing a Produce Prescription Program for Hypertensive Patients in Safety Net Clinics.
INTRODUCTION: Although community-clinical linkages can improve chronic disease management, little is known regarding strategies for program implementation. We describe implementation of a unique produce prescription program for patients with hypertension (PRxHTN) involving 3 safety net clinics and 20 farmers’ markets (FMs).
STRATEGY: Safety net clinics were invited to participate, and provider-leads received assistance in (1) developing a process flow to screen for food insecurity among hypertensive adults for program referral, (2) integrating the program into their electronic health record for scheduling, and (3) counseling patients on PRxHTN/FM use. Research staff met with clinics twice monthly. FM managers were trained on maintaining PRxHTN voucher redemption logs.
DISCUSSION: A total of 7 diverse providers screened 266 patients over 3 months; 224 were enrolled. Twelve FM, including one newly established at a clinic through provider-FM manager collaboration, redeemed over $14,500 of the $10 PRxHTN vouchers. We describe several strategies that can be used to prepare for and overcome implementation challenges including organizational and staff selection, facilitative administration, and clinical training and consultation.
CONCLUSION: The PRxHTN program offers a flexible implementation process allowing clinics to successfully adapt their workflow to suit their staffing and resources.
Joshi, K., Smith, S., Bolen, S. D., Osborne, A., Benko, M., & Trapl, E. S. (2019). Implementing a Produce Prescription Program for Hypertensive Patients in Safety Net Clinics. Health Promot Pract, 20(1), 94-104. doi:10.1177/1524839917754090