Alissa Wassung is the Director of Policy and Planning at God’s Love We Deliver, the nonsectarian, medically tailored home-delivered meal (MTM) provider in NYC, where she manages the Food Is Medicine advocacy initiative, administers government funding, leads research endeavors, and advances healthcare innovation. Through Alissa’s guidance and planning, God’s Love has integrated successfully with healthcare reform in NYS to better serve clients through the Medicaid managed long term care program, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Model, the Balancing Incentives Project and the continued movement toward value-based payment in Medicaid. Alissa is also the Policy Committee Chair of the Food is Medicine Coalition (FIMC), the national association of peer MTM agencies, and leads the team that executes the FIMC National Symposium each year. She Co-Chairs the Structural Interventions Working Group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, which brings together issues around access to food and nutrition services, housing and employment for people living with HIV. Alissa has been a voice for interoperability and data sharing between the medical field and community based organizations delivering population health services through her deep participation in the national Gravity Project and local collaborations like the Food and Nutrition Service Bundle within the H+H system— the largest public hospital system in the country. Alissa is also a subject matter expert in state and federal legislation relative to MTM provision and is an active member of the Root Cause Coalition Advocacy Committee, the NOPREN Clinical Linkages Committee, the AIDS United Access to Care Subcommittee, and Women in Innovation. Alissa is a former professional ballerina with American Ballet Theatre and an FIT-trained costumer.
Advisor, Food is Medicine Initiative
Director of Policy and Planning, God’s Love We Deliver, Inc.; Chair, Policy Committee, The Food Is Medicine Coalition