Using Home-Delivered Meals to Improve Care
and Lower Costs for Members

  • November 08, 2021
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Online

If we’ve learned anything from COVID-19, it’s that social determinants of health (SDOH), like food insecurity, can have a tremendous impact on member outcomes and spending. Fortunately, a growing body of research show medically tailored meals programs appear to be associated with fewer hospital and skilled nursing admissions and less overall medical spending.

This session will debut the results of a home-delivered meals pilot program conducted by UPMC Health Plan with the help of Mom’s Meals. What impact, if any, would a 13-week home-delivered meals program have on members living with multiple chronic conditions, a severe mental illness, or those with at least one hospitalization in the past year?

Presenters will review member survey and claims analysis data from the pilot to see what impact meals had on patient outcomes, satisfaction, ED utilization and total cost of care.


Catherine Macpherson, MS, RDN
Senior Vice President, Healthcare Strategy and Chief Nutrition Officer
Mom’s Meals

Catherine joined Mom’s Meals in 2017 as Vice President, Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer. She is responsible for ensuring the company’s nutrition solutions meet the needs of its partners by designing clinical programs that meet their strategic objectives.

Previously, Ms. Macpherson served as Vice President of Medication Adherence and Immunizations at Walgreens, led Healthcare Product Strategy at WebMD, and managed health and wellness programs for Ceridian, the National Institutes of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Catherine is a Registered Dietitian, a healthcare innovator, and a frequent speaker on the importance of nutrition to the aging population, care transitions and those managing chronic conditions.

Katie Domalakes, LSW
Senior Director of Clinical Affairs & Program Development
UPMC Health Plan

Katie Domalakes is the Senior Director of Clinical Affairs & Program Development for Medicaid and CHIP at UPMC Health Plan. She has extensive experience in clinical program development and implementation with various populations including pregnant women, medically complex children, and individuals with co-occurring physical health and behavioral health conditions. Katie is a licensed social worker and draws on both her clinical training and the role of social work advocacy to create dynamic patient-centered programming. Currently she oversees all clinical program development for UPMC for You and UPMC for Kids – together, both programs cover more than 525,000 lives across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.