The MANNA Institute: Launch Celebration & Panel Discussion

Join us on Thursday March 21, 2-5 PM for an afternoon celebrating the launch of the MANNA Institute, a division of MANNA established to conduct research on the use of medically tailored meals in medical treatment.

As MANNA continues providing comprehensive nutrition services to people facing serious illnesses, we embark on this new initiative focused on research and evaluation, education, and dissemination of our findings to transform the way we think about healthcare. Join us to learn more about the MANNA Institute’s mission, vision, funding opportunities, and key priorities for the year ahead.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

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2:00-3:00PM | MANNA Institute launch

We will officially announce the MANNA Institute to members of the press and hear from its Founding Eight funders, the leadership team, and key stakeholders.

3:00-4:00PM | Panel Discussion

Hear from nutrition, policy, and medical experts about the need for further research in this field and how the MANNA Institute will fill this critical gap. Learn about ways to get involved and the funding now available for this work.


Jill Gurvey, MPH — Research Programmer, RAND Corporation


Janet Haas, MD — Board Chair, William Penn Foundation
Sarah Downer, JD — Associate Director, Whole Person Care, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation
Jule Anne Henstenburg, PhD, RD, LDN, FAND — Director of Research & Evaluation, MANNA

4:00-5:00PM | Networking Reception

Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres with colleagues, public officials, practitioners, researchers, students, and community members to celebrate the launch of the MANNA Institute.