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Medicaid, Food Security, & the Social Determinants of Health & Well-being

Medicaid, Food Security, & the Social Determinants of Health & Well-being

About This Webinar:

Military family readiness promotes service members and family health and well-being in a variety of ways. Among these are helping to connect service members and families to needed resources and support at the community, state, and national levels. In addition, family readiness requires an understanding of the underlying economic, social, and environmental factors that influence health status and outcomes. These factors may interact and have a compound effect. For example, a family facing health care costs may have to cut back on spending for necessary needs such as food and shelter. The inability to afford or access nutritious foods may contribute to chronic health conditions. Programs and services can help to address various threats to health and well-being. Medicaid is one such program. It is a joint federal-state program that has been providing healthcare access and coverage for millions of Americans, including military families, since 1965. Join this webinar to explore the connection between Medicaid, food security, and the well-being of your clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss social determinants of the health paradigm. This model or paradigm, which accounts for the influence of underlying social, economic, and environmental factors on health status and outcomes has been utilized by numerous authorities and experts, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Identify how Medicaid coverage can help to off-set the economic burden of health costs thus improving the economic status of families who can then better afford essential needs, such as food.
  • Examine barriers and obstacles to accessing Medicaid and other programs due to factors associated with the social determinants of health.
  • Determine various Medicaid services and initiatives focused on nutrition and food security.
  • Review possible future steps and developments in Medicaid’s role in food security and in addressing the social determinants of health.

Food Security in Focus

Take advantage of OneOp’s Food Security in Focus collection, offering live and on-demand programming related to food security.

Among our nation’s active-duty service members and their families, an estimated 24 percent are food insecure. Food insecurity adversely impacts racial/ethnic minority populations, lower-income populations, and rural and remote populations. Additionally, a rise in economic insecurity throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to increased food insecurity in vulnerable populations. Join OneOp as we focus on expanding food security for the military family and mobilizing family service professionals at federal, state, and local levels to work together on this issue.


Christopher Plein, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Administration
Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service
West Virginia University

CE credit is available.

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