As MANNA continues providing comprehensive nutrition services for people facing serious illnesses, we embark on this new initiative focused on research and evaluation, education, and dissemination of our findings so that we can increase access to services for those who need them most.
The MANNA Institute explores the impact of nutrition on health for people with serious illnesses. We lead research and evaluation initiatives, educate healthcare practitioners and consumers, and share findings and best practices for improved service delivery and healthcare transformation.
MANNA authored the first peer-reviewed study evaluating the impact of medically appropriate meals. Our continued research will evaluate when food can and should be a part of treatment, and improve access to medical nutrition
Improved, customized services
The Institute will identify best practices by evaluating different program designs and expand upon the 11 diet modifications to serve the needs of specific patient groups. We will help connect more patients to services by developing guidelines for identifying nutritional risk.
The next generation of leaders
Internships will be offered to further the education of students and professionals in nutrition and health-related fields, as well as support the work of MANNA and the Institute
Patients with diet-impacted illnesses often leave a doctor’s office with dietary instructions, but too many lack access to medically tailored meals. We’ll work to increase awareness of the available solutions for prescribed diets.
We will share our research to help further the field of Food is Medicine as well as our own programming, improving the services we have offered for decades.
A key priority for the Institute is outreach to patients and community members about MANNA’s current programs, and to share expertise in medical nutrition for better outcomes
Jule Anne Henstenburg, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, Director of Research & Evaluation at MANNA, is a registered dietitian and health policy researcher who is passionate about the role of food and nutrition in disease prevention, treatment, and management. Prior to joining MANNA, she held positions in teaching and administration within higher education. Her previous clinical work included positions as a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. Jule Anne is currently State Policy Representative for the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The MANNA Institute Research Advisory Board
Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Katrina Claghorn, MS, RDN, LDN
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Lynn G Dever, MD, FAAP
Holland Pediatrics-Einstein Community Health Associates
Heidi J Lewis, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer A Nasser, PhD, RDN
Claudia Parvanta, PhD
University of South Florida
Etienne Phipps, PhD
Public health consultant
Laura Pontiggia, PhD
University of the Sciences
Julius Steiner, JD
Richard Webster, MSN, RN
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Thank you to the MANNA Institute’s Founding Eight:
John Alchin, Kevin R. Boyle, Sue Daugherty, Lynn Garvin Dever, MD
Julia Fleischner, Steven H. Korman, Linda Richardson, Allan Schimmel
Academic institutions, health centers, and students interested in joining our research efforts can contact Jule Anne Henstenburg at JHenstenburg@mannapa.org or 215-496-2662 x122.
Individuals and institutions interested in financially supporting the work of the Institute can contact Sue Daugherty at 215-496-2662 x101.
View the MANNA Institute Brochure