Tackling Food Insecurity One Produce Prescription at a Time


In our society today making the healthy choice is often more difficult than making the easy unhealthy choice when it comes to the foods we eat. Our prescription produce program aimed to change that, to make the healthy choice the easy choice and with that help to lower the health disparities that go hand in hand with food insecurity. We want to show you how this innovative program links the social determinates of health to food insecurity, which in turn promotes a low cost primary healthcare incentive.

This webinar will be presented live on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 12 pm.

Performance Indicators

  • 12.3.3 Takes into consideration any population and environmental disparities (health, availability, finances, access) when developing programs.
  • 12.2.5 Collaborates with stakeholders to determine level of support, opportunities and risks.
  • 12.1.1 Promotes nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food security, nutritional health and overall health and wellness.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe what a produce prescription is and how it works.
  2. Understand the importance of the social determinates of health and food insecurity.
  3. Determine the importance of health initiatives and low cost primary healthcare.


Elizabeth Hassinger MS RD LDN

Elizabeth began her professional career as a dietitian at Crossing Healthcare, a federally qualified health center, which offers high quality medical care to the medically underserved. We currently serve 17,000. 10% of our population are diabetic; many of our programs are targeted toward them. We offer ADA accredited DSME classes and CDC based diabetes prevention program. We have weight loss programs for both teens and adults in conjunction with workout classes and one on one visits with the dietitian. Elizabeth graduated from Eastern Illinois University in December of 2013 where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Science with a concentration in Dietetics and a minor in psychology. Elizabeth completed her dietetic internship at Eastern Illinois University. During this time Elizabeth was a graduate assistant for Sun-Maid Raisins. Elizabeth completed her internship at Presence Covenant Medical Center and graduated in August of 2015 with her Masters of Science in Nutrition.Elizabeth’s passion lies in community nutrition. During her undergraduate internship she had the opportunity to work with the staff and clients of Crossing Healthcare and after this experience she knew she wanted to work with this population to help them live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Amy Carie, MS, RD, LDN

Amy is a Registered Dietitian at Crossing Healthcare. Crossing Healthcare is a Federally Qualified Health Center offering high quality, comprehensive and affordable care to the medically underserved population of Decatur, IL. Amy’s role at Crossing Healthcare is to provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education in individual counseling sessions and group settings while using a patient centered approach to meet the needs of her patients and guide them in improving their overall health.Amy graduated from Eastern Illinois University in May 2018 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics. She continued her post baccalaureate education at Illinois State University where she simultaneously earned a Master of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship. Amy has a strong passion to help others achieve optimal health which was the driving force to begin her career in community nutrition. Along with her colleagues, Amy has collaborated with key community partners to improve the lives of the community through nutrition programming. Amy is continuously seeking opportunities for community initiatives that incorporate comprehensive approaches and result in enhancing the health of the community.


The speakers have no conflict of interest to disclose