Health care providers can support food-insecure households by gaining awareness of food-assistance programs and helping to connect families with available resources.
We offer validated screening questions and simple, constantly updated patient information materials on free food and nutrition education resources (available in seven languages). Free technical assistance and sharing of best practice implementing screening and intervention for food insecurity.
Free food insecurity training for health care staff available from Lynn Knox, Screen & Intervene Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-548-7508
Childhood Food Insecurity: Health Impacts,
Screening & Intervention
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.
Childhood Hunger: A Toolkit for Health
In 2010, the Childhood Hunger Coalition developed a clinic toolkit to help health providers address childhood hunger.
The toolkit includes:
A screening & Intervention Algorithm
This algorithm helps health-care providers overcome barriers to asking risk questions about household food status, including a suggested screening question.
Patient outreach materials
See sample printed materials designed to provide patients with information about available resources in the community.
“Need help getting food?”
Materials about food programs for distribution in clinics.
“Putting healthy food within reach”
Information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Contact email@example.com to receive a free copy of the toolkit.
Frequently Asked Questions about the clinic toolkit
The screening question makes our clinic staff uncomfortable. Can our clinic use a different question? Yes. The primary goal is to address food insecurity with patients. Additional screening options can be found at the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.
Who can I contact for technical support related to implementing the algorithm in our clinic? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get in touch to support your clinic.
What if my patients are already signed up for these programs? Many communities offer programs and workshops that teach basic self-sufficiency skills, such as food resource management and basic budgeting, growing food at home and other family support programs. Contact your local Extension office to learn more about these programs: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/.
How can I learn more about the nutrition assistance programs? Learn more on the “Family Programs” page.