As part of community health needs assessments, US nonprofit hospitals are identifying a high prevalence of chronic diseases associated with poor diets. Institutions have responded by establishing nutrition-related initiatives such as farmers’ markets and community gardens. There is public health value in demonstrating how these partnerships can help hospitals address identified community health needs. Here we describe diverse strategies undertaken by a hospital-based community garden at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, explore implications for US hospitals, and provide implementation guidance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health