Building and Evaluating the Impact of Food Insecurity-Focused Clinical-Community Partnerships on Patients and Populations

  • Adrienne W. HenizeEmail author
  • Melissa Klein
  • Andrew F. Beck
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


An equity-minded approach that brings social, economic, and environmental hardships like food insecurity into the purview of clinical care is likely necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes for children. In order to address food insecurity and other such social determinants of health, providers must build, evaluate, and sustain clinical-community partnerships in their region. These partnerships can ease the burden on providers and increase the effect of providers’ efforts on the health and well-being of their patients. Quality improvement methods can be used by individuals, communities, and healthcare systems to increase the impact of their efforts to screen and address potentially health-harming risks like food insecurity.



Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Child HeLP

Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership


Freestore Foodbank


Keeping Infants Nourished and Developing


Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati


Medical-Legal Partnership




Quality Improvement


Social Determinants of Health


Aim that is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound for a defined population


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


United States Department of Agriculture


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrienne W. Henize
    • 1
    Email author
  • Melissa Klein
    • 1
  • Andrew F. Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA

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