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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
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Abstract

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.

Abbreviations

CCHMC

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Child HeLP

Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership

FSFB

Freestore Foodbank

KIND

Keeping Infants Nourished and Developing

LASGC

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

MLP

Medical-Legal Partnership

PDSA

Plan-Do-Study-Act

QI

Quality Improvement

SDH

Social Determinants of Health

SMART aim

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

SNAP

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

WIC

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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