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June 2017

Clinic-to-Community Models to Address Food Insecurity

Author Affiliations
  • 1College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri
  • 2Kaiser Permanente, Denver, Colorado
  • 3Center for Vulnerable Populations, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(6):507-508. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0067

Food insecurity (FI)—unreliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food—is a social and economic condition with direct and indirect consequences, including poor dietary intake, poor physical and mental health, hospitalizations, stress, reduced academic achievement, and fetal epigenetic changes.1-3 Food insecurity affects 16.6% of US households with children.4 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Diabetes Association have each recently highlighted the clinical relevance of FI through funding initiatives, screening recommendations for children, or treatment recommendations.

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