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Food Insecurity and Health: Overcoming Food Insecurity Through Healthcare-Based Interventions

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Posted on: March 2, 2020

The National Quality Forum in collaboration with Humana released its latest practical resource Food Insecurity and Health: Overcoming Food Insecurity Through Healthcare-Based Interventions.

Affecting approximately 14.3 million U.S. households in 2018, food insecurity is an issue of national interest. Defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways,” food insecurity is tightly intertwined with an individual’s health outcomes.

Drawing from diverse expert input and patient experiences, NQF’s latest Guide includes lessons learned, innovative and promising practices, as well as solutions to common barriers to address food insecurity in communities across the nation. The Guide provides healthcare organizations a range of strategies to effectively intervene and assist individuals in their communities who may experience negative health outcomes from unstable access to food.

The guide focuses on practical implementation recommendations and challenges including addressing routine screening for food insecurity, identifying appropriate clinical actions (medical and non medical), and measuring changes in rates of food insecurity in populations. The Guide details strategies that can be tailored for organizational context, resources, and need, to facilitate and enhance food insecurity interventions and ultimately improve health outcomes.

Download the free guide to learn more about NQF and Humana’s work on Food Insecurity and Health: Overcoming Food Insecurity Through Healthcare-Based Interventions and how you can make a difference in addressing food insecurity to improve outcomes.