Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine
Strategy Summit

Measure evidence-based food programs to
prevent chronic disease, personalize treatment,
and mitigate food security issues to produce
better health outcomes

| May 2025
| Washington, DC

| May 2025
| Washington, DC

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Meet the Speakers


2024 Keynote Speakers

Leverage Stakeholder Partnerships and Implement Evidence-Based Food Programs to Prevent, Manage, and Treat Diseases while Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

With a heightened focus on an individual’s health and well-being and recent spotlight on increasing access to nutritious food to treat diet-related diseases, it is critical for healthcare stakeholders to adopt effective food as medicine programs for significant outcomes improvement.  

The time is now to look at food as medicine as more than a buzz word and gain insights into how dietary changes and access to healthier foods can not only create better health outcomes, but also play an invaluable role in preventing chronic disease, slowing disease progression, mitigating food security issues, and transforming healthcare. 

Join health plan, hospital systems, government, policy, HR, and benefits executives to network, learn, and engage in thought-provoking conversations on offering and scaling nutritional food programs for your population.

Why Attend

In-depth educational and networking opportunities centered on Food as Medicine initiatives

Leverage cross-sector partnerships with health plans, purchasers, providers, and government organizations to ensure timely access to nutritious food.

Learn how employers can effectively integrate food as medicine initiatives and nutrition programs into their plan design.

Discuss which outcomes to measure to determine the efficacy of food as medicine interventions.

Understand the impact of policy and legislation on strengthening food security and access.

Examine the ROI (and VOI) from offering food as medicine programs.

Gain insights into navigating payment and reimbursement for food as medicine.

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD

Jean Mayer Professor and

Director, Food is Medicine Institute

Tufts University

Dariush Mozaffarian is a cardiologist, Jean Mayer Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Professor of Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine, and an attending physician at Tufts Medical Center. His work aims to create the science and translation for a food system that is nutritious, equitable, and sustainable. Dr. Mozaffarian has authored more than 500 scientific publications on dietary priorities for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, and on evidence-based policy approaches and innovations to reduce diet-related diseases and improve health equity in the US and globally. Areas of focus include defining healthy diets, nutritional biomarkers, Food is Medicine interventions in healthcare, business innovation and entrepreneurship, and food policy. He is one of the top cited researchers in medicine globally, he has served in numerous advisory roles, and his work has been featured in an array of media outlets. Thomson Reuters has named him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds In 2023, Dr. Mozaffarian was nominated by President Biden to serve on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN), a federal advisory committee that aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity for all Americans.

Dr. Mozaffarian received his B.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University, M.D. from Columbia University, and Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard University; and additional clinical training in internal medicine at Stanford University and in cardiology at the University of Washington. He is married, has three children, and actively trains as a Fourth Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Jim McGovern (D-MA)


2nd District of Massachusetts

Congressman Jim McGovern represents the Second District of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives. He is a champion for the people of his home state of Massachusetts, and a global leader working to end hunger, protect human rights, and promote peace. He believes public service should be about bringing us together and working to make life better for all our families.

Jim has been the top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee since 2018, serving as Chairman during the 116th and 117th Congress. Jim has worked hard on the Rules Committee to change business as usual on Capitol Hill and make Congress work in a more open, transparent, bipartisan way. For example, he put in place rules to give all Members of Congress more time to read bills. He required that bills to go through the committee process instead of just being written behind closed doors, and he created a new office to recruit and retain congressional staff that reflect the diversity of the American people.

On the House Agriculture Committee, Jim has been a global leader in the fight to end hunger. He fought for and successfully secured a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to make ending hunger a national priority. Thanks to Jim’s advocacy and tireless work, military families are being screened for hunger for the first time ever, families with children get enhanced food benefits, schools are able to provide more nutritious meals, and America now has a plan to end hunger within the decade.

Jim has spent his career in public service working to strengthen America’s global leadership when it comes to protecting human rights and promoting peace. He serves on two commissions which monitor, investigate and advocate on behalf of international human rights, the rule of law, and good governance: the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. He has written and successfully passed into law several bills which help America identify and hold accountable corrupt foreign officials and human rights abusers. He has also authored and passed into law several pieces of legislation to hold the government of China accountable for human rights violations, including the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, the Tibet Policy and Support Act, and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

Jim’s concern for human rights goes back to his time as a Congressional staffer, when he led an investigation into the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. Jim uncovered that the murders were committed by Salvadoran soldiers who had been trained by the United States Government–leading to a major shift in public opinion and a change in U.S. policy that made future military aid contingent on improved human rights in El Salvador.

Jim worked his way through college, earning a BA in history and then spending over a decade working in the office of Congressman Joe Moakley, a Democrat from South Boston. His time working for Moakley taught him that you have to stand up for what you believe in and work hard to give back to your community. After Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1995, Jim saw that Washington was working harder than ever for the rich and powerful while everyday people fell further and further behind. He successfully ran for Congress in 1996, and has won reelection every two years since then.

Jim takes principled stands on tough issues and works with Members of Congress from across the aisle and throughout the country to ensure that every single person in America and around the world is treated with dignity, decency, fairness, and respect.