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Medical food pantry

Christopher R Long, Brett Rowland, Susan C Steelman, Pearl A McElfish
INTRODUCTION: Food insecurity is a difficulty faced in many households. During periods of food insecurity, households often seek food supplied by food pantries and food banks. Food insecurity has been associated with increased risk for several health conditions. For this reason, food pantries and food banks may have great promise as intervention sites, and health researchers have begun targeting food pantries and food banks as sites for disease prevention or management interventions. The aim of the scoping review is to examine disease prevention or management interventions implemented in food pantries and food banks...
October 5, 2017: BMJ Open
Matthew M Ippolito, Courtney R Lyles, Kimberly Prendergast, Michelle Berger Marshall, Elaine Waxman, Hilary Kessler Seligman
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between level of food security and diabetes self-management among food pantry clients, which is largely not possible using clinic-based sampling methods. DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive study. SETTING: Community-based food pantries in California, Ohio and Texas, USA, from March 2012 through March 2014. SUBJECTS: Convenience sample of adults with diabetes queuing at pantries (n 1237; 83 % response)...
January 2017: Public Health Nutrition
Thomas P O'Toole, Erin E Johnson, Riccardo Aiello, Vincent Kane, Lisa Pape
INTRODUCTION: Although the clinical consequences of homelessness are well described, less is known about the role for health care systems in improving clinical and social outcomes for the homeless. We described the national implementation of a "homeless medical home" initiative in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and correlated patient health outcomes with characteristics of high-performing sites. METHODS: We conducted an observational study of 33 VHA facilities with homeless medical homes and patient- aligned care teams that served more than 14,000 patients...
March 31, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Hilary K Seligman, Courtney Lyles, Michelle B Marshall, Kimberly Prendergast, Morgan C Smith, Amy Headings, Georgiana Bradshaw, Sophie Rosenmoss, Elaine Waxman
Food insecurity--defined as not having adequate quantity and quality of food at all times for all household members to have an active, healthy life--is a risk factor for poor diabetes control, yet few diabetes interventions address this important factor. Food pantries, which receive food from food banks and distribute it to clients in need, may be ideal sites for diabetes self-management support because they can provide free diabetes-appropriate food to people in low-income communities. Between February 2012 and March 2014, we enrolled 687 food pantry clients with diabetes in three states in a six-month pilot intervention that provided them with diabetes-appropriate food, blood sugar monitoring, primary care referral, and self-management support...
November 2015: Health Affairs
Eva M Vivian, Ifna H Ejebe
UNLABELLED: The purpose of this project was to identify the self-care needs of adults with diabetes who experience food insecurity. A cross-sectional study design and methodology were used to attain the study data. We invited 153 adults with diabetes who utilized the St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry to complete the diabetes knowledge test. The reliability of the sample was calculated using Cronbach's coefficient α. To determine validity, differences in test scores were examined by diabetes type and treatment, educational attainment, and receipt of diabetes education...
2014: Current Diabetes Reviews
Kate A Robaina, Katie S Martin
OBJECTIVE: Examine relationships between food security, diet quality, and body mass index (BMI) among food pantry users. METHODS: Convenience sample of 212 food pantry clients in Hartford, CT from June, 2010 to May, 2011. Main outcomes included food security (United States Department of Agriculture module), fruit and vegetable consumption (Block Screener), and BMI (stadiometer and digital medical scale). Chi-square tests, Spearman correlations, and logistic regression models were analyzed...
March 2013: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Francesca Gany, Sehrish Bari, Michael Crist, Alyssa Moran, Natasha Rastogi, Jennifer Leng
Rates of food insecurity are high among medically underserved patients. We analyzed food pantry responsiveness to the needs of medically ill cancer patients in New York City with the intent ofidentifying barriers to available food resources. Our data, collected from 60 pantries, suggest that the emergency food system is currently unable to accommodate patient needs. Accessibility issues include restricted service hours and documentation requirements. Food services were limited in quantity of food provided and the number of nutritious, palatable options...
June 2013: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
Marissa A Hendrickson, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Joyce C Arpilleda, Amy M Heneghan
OBJECTIVES: Food insecurity is associated with a wide variety of adverse health conditions in adults and children, but its relationship to asthma outcomes in children has not been described. The objectives of this study were to assess and characterize the food security status of an inner-city asthmatic population and to determine whether and to what extent household food insecurity is independently associated with negative clinical outcomes in children presenting to a pediatric emergency department (ED) with asthma exacerbations...
November 2010: Pediatric Emergency Care
Marcyann Bencivenga, Susan DeRubis, Patricia Leach, Lisa Lotito, Charles Shoemaker, Eugene J Lengerich
CONTEXT: Multiple national agencies and organizations recommend that women age 40 years and older have an annual screening mammogram. Women who are poor, less educated, lack a usual source of care, and reside in rural Appalachia are less likely to have had a recent mammogram. PURPOSE: To increase use of mammography among a rural Appalachian population. METHODS: Formed in 1992, the Indiana County Cancer Coalition (ICCC) serves the cancer control needs of medically underserved families in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, through collaborative partnerships...
2008: Journal of Rural Health
Thomas P O'Toole, Jose J Arbelaez, Bruce W Dixon
The objective was to identify factors associated with financial discussions and financial disclosure of medical costs within a low-income urban community. The method used was a cross-sectional community-based survey in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The survey was conducted door-to-door and at area food pantries. Two hundred and twenty six adults were interviewed. Overall, 76.1% reported having a usual source for care and 73.0% had health insurance. Thirty nine and four tenths percent reported having been asked about their ability to pay for health services; this was more common among African Americans (OR 5...
February 2004: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
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