Online Program

Understanding Contexts Surrounding Food Insecurity and Nutrition Disparities

Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Food insecurity is a persistent public health issue – characterized as the lack of assured access to sufficient food for a healthy and active life. Higher rates of food insecurity are observed in households with limited incomes, with children, and in households of people of color and female-headed households. A number of community factors can be leveraged to strengthen the local food security infrastructure – such as ensuring economic well-being for all resident, improving the accessibility and availability of healthy food in the local food system, creating a strong emergency food system, and expanding access to federal nutrition assistance programs. This session will explore the community contexts surrounding food insecurity, such as the spatial and temporal patterns in food acquisition, as well as the community readiness for food pantry nutrition initiatives. In addition, the session will describe in greater detail the burden of chronic disease among the food insecure, shed light to the growing issue of food insecurity among college students, and highlight the cumulative risk of negative health stressors faced by food insecure families.
Session Objectives: Describe the negative health risk factors associated with food insecurity. Explain the implications of community readiness in food pantry nutrition interventions. Discuss implications of spatial and temporal constraints on healthy food access in community settings.
Jamie Rahrig, MPH, RDN and Jennifer Pooler, MPP

Food insecurity in post-secondary settings: Why are one in three students food insecure?   
Stephanie Nelson, MS, RDN, Meg Bruening, PhD, MPH, RD and Melissa N. Laska, PhD, MPH, RD
Assessing community readiness for food pantry nutrition initiatives   
Marianna Wetherill, PhD, MPH, RDN-AP/LD, Laura Hixson, MSW, MPH, Sara Amberg, MFA and Michelle Berger Marshall, MS, RD
Cumulative risk and food insecurity   
Nicole O'Reilly, MSSW, PhD Candidate, Maureen Black, PhD, Erin Hager, PhD and Donna Harrington, PhD

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Women's Caucus, Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Chiropractic Health Care, Community Health Planning and Policy Development, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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