News Release
Posted by The Molina Cares Accord

Molina Healthcare of New Mexico Fresh Produce Delivery Program Improves Health Outcomes for Members


Caroline Zubieta, Caroline.Zubieta@MolinaHealthcare.com, 562-951-1588

Jamie Dickerman, jdickerman@sunny505.com, 505-720-2195

Albuquerque, N.M. – Oct. 13, 2022 – Molina Healthcare of New Mexico (“Molina”) today released a report highlighting the results of a 2021 custom health outcomes program for its Medicare members. The program, developed in partnership with FarmboxRx, provides the delivery of monthly boxes containing fresh produce, health literacy resources, healthy recipes, and nutrition tips to qualifying Molina New Mexico members upon completion of activities aimed to improve member health and wellness.

Results from the 2021 program confirmed progress in improving health outcomes and prevention visits for participating members, including:

  • 91% completion of at least one of five required vaccinations (84% for non-participants)
  • 100% completion of health risk assessments (36% for non-participants)  
  • 92% completion of annual wellness exams or office visits (86% for non-participants) 
  • 9% decrease in unnecessary emergency room visits
  • 13% decrease in hospitalizations
  • 10% increase in breast cancer screenings
  • 23% increase in lab tests for members with diabetes

“Through our partnership with FarmboxRx, we are able to provide Molina members  —many of whom live in rural food deserts — with greater access to  wellness and a chance to live healthier  lives,” said Carolyn Ingram, plan president of Molina Healthcare of New Mexico. “The improved member outcomes achieved are encouraging and we look forward to further expanding this valuable program.”

Molina has expanded the program to include its Medicare Advantage members and Marketplace members under maternal care. Participation in the program has grown by over 175% in 2022. 

“We are thrilled to see the positive results of our 2021 program and partnership with Molina,” said Ashley Tyrner, founder and CEO of FarmboxRx. “With the expansion of this program this year, we look forward to continuing to help vulnerable populations improve their health and well-being through consistent access to fresh food and the power of healthy eating.”

To view the full report on 2021 health outcomes and 2022 participation, visit (https://molinacares.com/farmboxrx-2021-outcomes-report/). You can also view videos showcasing the personal stories of Molina members who benefitted from the 2021 program here

About Molina Healthcare of New Mexico

Molina Healthcare of New Mexico has been providing government-funded, quality health care since 1998. The Company serves members through Medicare and Health Insurance Marketplace programs throughout New Mexico. Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, served approximately 5.1 million members as of June 30, 2022. For more information about Molina Healthcare of New Mexico, visit MolinaHealthcare.com.

About FarmboxRx

FarmboxRx is an engagement and technology platform that breaks down barriers to health equity through nutrition and health literacy. With a focus on addressing the root cause of healthcare inequities, FarmboxRx delivers proactive and preventative interventions through high-tech, high-touch programs. Their customizable member engagement programs support sustainable, scalable, and long-lasting quality outcomes through nutritious foods for Healthcare Organizations nationwide. Visit hello.farmboxrx.com to learn more.

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