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Authors

  1. Wynn, Nicole DNP, RN-BC
  2. Staffileno, Beth A. PhD, FAHA
  3. Grenier, Jennifer M. DNP, CENP, CNML, RN-BC
  4. Phillips, Janice PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN

Abstract

Background: Food insecurity is a public, social, and health concern.

 

Local Problem: A Food is Medicine Program was developed to address food insecurity.

 

Methods: A quality improvement initiative was piloted on 3 acute care units.

 

Interventions: Patients were screened for Social Determinant of Health (SDoH) needs and if identified as food insecure, linked to community resources and provided with a bag of food on discharge. Education was offered to nursing staff and a pre- and postsurvey was administered to assess SDoH knowledge and confidence.

 

Results: Over a 3-month period, 2354 patients were admitted; 2063 (88%) were screened for SDoH and 220 (10%) were positive for food insecurity. Patients (n = 1525, 74%) were linked to community resources. Nearly all (97%) nurses participated in education and demonstrated increased knowledge and confidence (P < .001).

 

Conclusions: These data provide preliminary outcomes from the Food is Medicine Program.