Fresh Truck Pilot to Reduce Food Insecurity in a Medicaid ACO

2019-07-18 10:31:20 | BioPortfolio


This research is a randomized pilot study of an intervention to address food insecurity among intermediate risk Boston Accountable Care Organization (BACO) members receiving primary care at Boston Medical Center (BMC).

The investigators propose a parallel group, randomized pilot study among intermediate risk Medicaid ACO patients at BMC who have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months, with a total enrollment of 120 participants (N=120). Half of the pilot study participants (n=60) will receive usual care: tailored printed paper referral guides to address health-related social needs, including resources for food insecurity (via the Health System's THRIVE Screening & Referral Program) and referrals to Boston Medical Center's Preventative Food Pantry. The other half (n=60) will receive access to a mobile fresh produce market and a monthly stipend to purchase items available on the mobile food trucks.

This pilot study will partner with Fresh Truck, a Boston-based 501(c)(3) organization that deploys mobile fresh produce trucks throughout Boston neighborhoods. Fresh Truck recently launched a new system, called 'Fresh Connect,' which addresses affordability as a barrier to healthy eating. 'Fresh Connect' enables healthcare systems to pay for fresh produce purchased by their patients from the Fresh Truck mobile markets.

The study protocol comprises three steps:

- Risk stratification before consent process to determine if the patient, at baseline, is within the top 3-20% of cost and utilization among BACO members. (This process is part of usual care operations in the Health System for ACO members).

- Of BACO patients identified as intermediate risk, patients will be screened for proximity to Fresh Truck mobile markets (zip code is among current Fresh Truck service area), nutritional need (food insecurity identified in the last 12 months), and not documented as housing insecure.

- Half the pilot study population will receive access to a mobile fresh food market intervention, Fresh Truck, and a stipend to purchase fresh produce aboard the trucks. The other half will receive usual care.

Pilot study participation is 6 months and will include collection and measurement of data from the following sources: baseline interview; final (6-months post-enrollment) interview, electronic medical records (EMR), BMC Clinical Data Warehouse (BMC CDW), and BMC HealthNet Plan (BMCHP) claims.

Study Design


Food Insecurity


Fresh Truck with stipend, THRIVE screening and referral


Boston Medical Center
United States


Not yet recruiting


Boston Medical Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-07-18T10:31:20-0400

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