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Kurt Hager PhD

InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences

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    St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, United StatesBASociology
    Tufts University, Medford, MA, United StatesMSFood Policy
    Tufts University, Medford, MA, United StatesPHD

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    Kurt Hager is an Instructor in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. Dr. Hager’s interests lay at the intersection of structural determinants of health, food insecurity, and government nutrition and health insurance programs. His current research focuses on the effectiveness of nutritional interventions and policies on chronic disease in the U.S, including evaluations of produce prescriptions and medically tailored meals integrated into clinical care. At UMass Chan Medical School, Dr. Hager is evaluating the effectiveness the Flexible Services Program, which addresses food and housing insecurity under Massachusetts’s Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver. Dr. Hager has training in nutritional epidemiology and quantitative research methods and his recent studies have included policy modeling, economic evaluations, and quasi-experimental studies.

    Dr. Hager’s involvement in policy initiatives underscores his commitment to translating science into evidence-based policy. These include former projects at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, as an author on the Aspen Institute’s Food is Medicine Research Action Plan, and as a writer with the Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. He is currently serving as a steering committee member of the National Produce Prescription Collaborative.



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    1. Li Z, Zhang FF, Cash SB, Hager K, Trevino L, Folta SC. Caregiver perceptions of a pediatric produce prescription program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Front Nutr. 2024; 11:1304519. PMID: 38577157.
    2. Landauer R, Seligman H, Pomeranz JL, Hager K, Mozaffarian D. Is that Hospital Food Pantry an Illegal Patient Inducement? Analysis of Health Care Fraud Laws as Barriers to Food and Nutrition Security Interventions. J Law Med Ethics. 2023; 51(4):889-899. PMID: 38477261.
    3. Hanson E, Albert-Rozenberg D, Garfield KM, Leib EB, Ridberg RA, Hager K, Mozaffarian D. The evolution and scope of Medicaid Section 1115 demonstrations to address nutrition: a US survey. Health Aff Sch. 2024 Feb; 2(2). PMID: 38577164.
    4. Hager K, Emanuel E, Mozaffarian D. Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premium Cost Growth and Its Association With Earnings Inequality Among US Families. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jan 02; 7(1):e2351644. PMID: 38227313.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Folta SC, Li Z, Cash SB, Hager K, Zhang FF. Adoption and implementation of produce prescription programs for under-resourced populations: clinic staff perspectives. Front Nutr. 2023; 10:1221785. PMID: 37964933.
    6. Hager K, Du M, Li Z, Mozaffarian D, Chui K, Shi P, Ling B, Cash SB, Folta SC, Zhang FF. Impact of Produce Prescriptions on Diet, Food Security, and Cardiometabolic Health Outcomes: A Multisite Evaluation of 9 Produce Prescription Programs in the United States. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2023 09; 16(9):e009520. PMID: 37641928.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Wang L, Lauren BN, Hager K, Zhang FF, Wong JB, Kim DD, Mozaffarian D. Health and Economic Impacts of Implementing Produce Prescription Programs for Diabetes in the United States: A Microsimulation Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023 08; 12(15):e029215. PMID: 37417296.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Hager K, Shi P, Li Z, Chui K, Berkowitz SA, Mozaffarian D, Chhabra J, Wilken J, Vergara C, Becker E, Small S, Ling B, Cash SB, Folta SC, Zhang FF. Evaluation of a Produce Prescription Program for Patients With Diabetes: A Longitudinal Analysis of Glycemic Control. Diabetes Care. 2023 06 01; 46(6):1169-1176. PMID: 36812470.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    9. Hager K, Cudhea FP, Wong JB, Berkowitz SA, Downer S, Lauren BN, Mozaffarian D. Association of National Expansion of Insurance Coverage of Medically Tailored Meals With Estimated Hospitalizations and Health Care Expenditures in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 10 03; 5(10):e2236898. PMID: 36251292.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Hager K, Mozaffarian D. The Promise and Uncertainty of Fruit and Vegetable Prescriptions in Health Care. J Nutr. 2020 11 19; 150(11):2846-2848. PMID: 33021312.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    11. Hager K, De Kesel Lofthus A, Balan B, Cutts D. Electronic Medical Record-Based Referrals to Community Nutritional Assistance for Food-Insecure Patients. Ann Fam Med. 2020 05; 18(3):278. PMID: 32393567.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Martel ML, Klein LR, Hager KA, Cutts DB. Emergency Department Experience with Novel Electronic Medical Record Order for Referral to Food Resources. West J Emerg Med. 2018 Mar; 19(2):232-237. PMID: 29560048.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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