Impacting Food Insecurity Through the Use of Screening Tools and Training

  • Kofi EsselEmail author
  • Baraka D. Floyd
  • Melissa Klein
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


Food insecurity is described as invisible due to the unreliability of growth parameters or laboratory tests to detect struggling families. Effective screening requires standardized utilization of screening tools integrated into the clinical workflow and well-trained clinicians. In this chapter, we will first introduce a variety of screening tools that can be used clinically, either individually or as part of a more comprehensive social risk screening program. We will also introduce innovative curricula and evaluation tools to train clinicians, including trainees, to recognize the impact of FI and learn to appropriately screen families.


Food Insecurity Screening Tool Hunger Vital Sign Social Determinants of Health Education and Training Curriculum 



American Academy of Pediatrics


Electronic Health Record


Food Insecurity


Food Research & Action Center


Household Food Security Survey Module


Hunger Vital Sign


Social Determinants of Health


United States


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s National Health SystemThe George Washington University, School of Medicine & Health SciencesWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Stanford School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA

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