Toolkit: Health and Health Care Utilization Findings from the Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation

The Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP) under the Older Americans Act (OAA) represents a key component of America’s strategy for ensuring that the health and social needs of older adults are adequately met. By promoting access to nutritious meals, facilitating social contact, supporting family caregivers, and helping older adults maintain their dignity in their homes and communities, the NSP fits squarely within the strategic goals of the Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL). In a continued effort to rebalance long-term care provision away from institutionalization and toward home- and community-based services, ACL has conducted a Title III-C NSP Client Outcomes Evaluation to assess program effectiveness, as measured by the program’s effects on a variety of key outcomes. Attendees learned about the results and conclusions from Part II of the evaluation that describes participants’ health and health care utilization and examines overall wellness measured using longer-term outcomes related to health and avoidance of institutionalization.

Attendees of this webinar:
• Learned about the importance of evaluating Older Americans Act nutrition programs;
• Learned about the methods used for the soon-to-be released Evaluation of the Effect of the Older Americans Act Title III-C Nutrition Services Program on Participants’ Health Care Utilization; and
• Learned how to describe the health and health care utilization of congregate meal and home-delivered meal participants


  • Heather Menne, PhD, Social Science Analyst, ACL; James Malbi, PhD, Associate Director, Mathematica Policy Research; Arkadipta Ghosh, PhD, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research; Bob Schmitz, PhD, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research; Holly Greuling, RDN, Senior National Nutritionist, ACL

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Key Resources

24-Hour Dietary Recall At A Glance

Related Publications for Elderly Nutrition Services Program Process Evaluation

Older Americans Benefit from the OAA

Toolkit: Findings from The Nutrition Services Program Process Study and Meal Cost Analysis

Nutritional Quality of Congregate and Home-Delivered Meals Offered in the Title III-C Nutrition Services Program: An Examination Utilizing the Healthy Eating Index Tool