Hunger isn’t just uncomfortable for children. It’s dangerous

Children who are hungry are at higher risk for developmental and academic problems, frequent illness and nutritional inadequacies. Knowledge of indicators and impacts on childhood hunger allows health providers to identify patients at risk and to provide appropriate interventions.

The Childhood Hunger Coalition is dedicated to providing ongoing education and outreach tools for clinicians in an effort to reduce childhood hunger and improve the health of children and families. Coalition members include representatives from Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), Oregon Food Bank, Oregon State University Extension Service, Oregon Health & Science University, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon WIC, Providence Health System, and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.


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Continuing Education Now Available

Childhood Food Insecurity: Health Impacts, Screening & Intervention

Take the course

Course participants will:

  • Identify the health consequences of pediatric and pre-natal food insecurity and hunger and be able to discuss at least two health consequences.
  • Use a validated food-insecurity risk question as part of intake protocol in clinical settings.
  • Integrate intervention strategies (such as food assistance outreach and education) for patients and families at risk of food insecurity.
  • 1 AMA PRA Category Credits TM is awarded at completion.
  • Get the screening and intervention tools (available in seven languages) and implementation assistance. Contact Lynn Knox, Clinical Outreach and Training Coordinator, 503-548-7508.
Childhood hunger is linked to developmental, behavioral & academic problems