The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4202.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 3:06 PM

Abstract #58066

Assessing the needs of food stamp recipients in five Maryland counties

Amy S. Billing, MSSA1, Nancy L. Atkinson, PhD1, and Robert Gold, PhD2. (1) Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory, University of Maryland, Department of Public and Community Health, Suite 2387 Valley Drive, College Park, MD 20742-2611, 301-405-2468,, (2) Department of Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, Suite 2387 Valley Drive, College Park, MD 20742-2611

This presentation will discuss the needs assessment phase of the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program-Digital Inclusion (FSNEP-DI) project. The overall goal of the project is to improve the health of limited resource populations in Maryland. The project involves a comprehensive needs assessment and a community health promotion intervention and evaluation. It addresses nutrition and physical activity among food stamp recipients in five diverse counties. Intervention strategies include the delivery of health information through educational programs with a digital inclusion component. Needs assessment, baseline and evaluation data collection strategies include telephone surveys, focus groups, as well as an environmental scan and secondary data analysis. As part of the needs assessment process, focus groups, a household telephone survey, and interviews with community stakeholders were conducted. A 130-item household telephone survey targeted adult food stamp recipients in randomly selected households, collecting 67 completed surveys in each county. The household survey collected data on nutrition, physical activity and community access to technology. More detailed information on these topics was collected through focus groups. These consisted of 10-12 food stamp recipients in each of the five participating counties. Community stakeholders were also interviewed in each county to gather more extensive information on community assets and needs. Results of the needs assessment were analyzed using SPSS and qualitative data analysis techniques. A review of the methods and findings (including nutrition, physical health and technology indicators) will be discussed in the context of the community needs assessment and future program development.

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Keywords: Needs Assessment, Health Behavior

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Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA