Patient-centered medical homes springing up around the country can get a boost in meeting national quality standards and performance measures from a unique strategic partner: farmers markets based at medical centers.
A case in point is the Penn State Hershey Medical Center (PSHMC), which opened a seasonal farmers market on its campus in 2010. The idea for the market came about as the medical center was transitioning to a patient-centered medical home model. Results from a community needs assessment showed that a farmers market would offer the medical center an opportunity to address important issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, women’s health and nutrition, and childhood obesity.
Medical Centers Find Strategic Partnerships With Farmers Markets. JAMA. 2013;310(13):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277700