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Future of Food and Nutrition Conference announces expert panel

The Future of Food and Nutrition Conference, hosted annually at Friedman, will be held on April 4, 2020. Keep reading for details on the just-announced expert panel!

The Future of Food and Nutrition Conference is pleased to announce this year’s expert panel topic: Food is Medicine.

Food is Medicine describes the provision of nutritious food tailored to the medical needs of an individual who lives with one or more health conditions likely to be affected by diet. In a small but growing number of cases in Massachusetts and across the country, Food is Medicine interventions are becoming integrated into holistic, patient-centered models of care for individuals with complex chronic illnesses.

Meet the Experts…

Jean Terranova is Director of Food and Health Policy at Community Servings, a Boston-based not-for-profit that prepares and delivers high quality medically tailored meals to individuals coping with complex illnesses. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Jean has worn many hats as a social justice attorney and advocate. Jean serves on the Policy Committee of the national Food is Medicine Coalition and on the Steering Committee of The Root Cause Coalition.


Kurt Hager is a doctoral student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University studying the effectiveness of nutritional interventions and policies on improving diet-related, chronic disease in the United States. Kurt recently served as the Project Manager at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School for the Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan, an initiative engaging physicians, insurers, community-based organizations, and legislators to expand payment systems for nutrition services integrated into clinical care for low-income patients. Prior to living in Boston, Kurt worked for five years at a Feeding America food bank, Second Harvest Heartland, in Minneapolis, MN.

Jacob Mirsky MD MA is a primary care physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Revere HealthCare Center and a consultation physician at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. He is also the Medical Director for the MGH Revere Food Pantry, which he started in 2019 to combat food insecurity and chronic disease in Revere. Dr. Mirsky attended medical school at the University of California San Francisco and completed residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as part of the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates primary care track.

The Future of Food and Nutrition Conference, hosted annually by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, provides a unique venue for graduate students to present original research related to food and nutrition. Historically, more than 200 attendees from over 50 different institutions have come together each year to hear students present research from diverse fields ranging from food anthropology to nutritional epidemiology.

Next year’s conference will be held on Saturday, April 4. For more information, check out the conference website

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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