This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2017.
Access to community-based nutrition services significantly contributes to older adults' ability to maintain their health and successfully transition between settings of care. There is a need for more research on how these services impact independence. Organizations such as Meals on Wheels are conducting rigorously designed, evidence-based outcomes research to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of their services.
In this session, participants will hear about research conducted at local and national levels – specifically, research from academic partnerships and Medicare claims datasets – to determine how Meals on Wheels program participation impacts client well-being, outcomes, healthcare utilization and expenditure. Participants will also discuss research opportunities for community-based organizations, and determine how dietitians working with older adults can leverage these research studies to support better coordination and collaboration across the continuum of care.
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 4190, 5040, 9030
- Discuss the impact of nutrition services like Meals on Wheels, when delivered in a community setting, on health status and healthcare utilization among older adults.
- Identify the practice, policy, research and programmatic implications of outcomes research studies fielded in community-based settings, and understand how such research may strengthen the coordination of nutrition care for older adults transitioning from hospital to home.
- Discuss how outcomes data can be utilized to build a stronger value proposition for nutrition services, such as Meals on Wheels, delivered in a community setting.
- David Dosa, MD, MPH
- Sherry Simon, RDN, LD
- Uche Akobundu, PhD, RD