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A7 – Growing Health: How Hospital Farms and Gardens Achieve Multiple Goals

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Join representatives from Boston Medical Center, Lankenau Medical Center, and Health Care Without Harm to learn how onsite farming can achieve multiple goals for a health care facility. David Maffeo from Boston Medical Center will share his facility’s process for building their rooftop farm, the first of its kind in Boston. He will discuss how the farm has improved retail and patient food; provided fresh organic produce to low-income, food-insecure Boston residents, and served as an education space for patients and the community. Mr Maffeo will also discuss the environmental sustainability impact of their green roof including stormwater management and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Chinwe Onyekere will present how Lankenau Medical Center has taken the progressive step of planting and maintaining a year-round organic farm on-site that is integrated into how they deliver health care. She will discuss Lankenau’s goal to harness the power of locally grown food to strengthen community health, reframe how they deliver primary care, and provide an educational laboratory for thousands of youth each year. Moreover, she will explain how the Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau serves as one component of a multipronged strategy to address social determinants of health. John Stoddard from Health Care Without Harm will moderate the panel, and will utilize his expertise in rooftop farming to share general considerations for planning and implementing onsite farms and gardens, which will help participants decide how to plan their own growing space and maximize the potential community benefits.

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