Nutrition Consult asking 2 Food Insecurity Questions
Craven, Kay; Kolasa, Kathryn M
The MOTHeRS’ Project was developed in 2020 with funding from the United Healthcare Foundation (UHF), ECU Physicians, and the Departments of OB-GYN, Psychiatry and Family Medicine, to utilize NC-STeP - a statewide telepsychiatry program to bring multidisciplinary care to three community-based primary care obstetric clinics in Carteret, Duplin, and Chowan counties. Through this collaborative care model that includes the patient, nurse navigator, diabetes educator, behavioral health manager, primary obstetrician, MFM specialist, and a psychiatrist consultant, the MOTHeRS’ Project brings support and insights of specialty physicians to the identified practices. An additional component of this program will be the Medical Food Pantry to include healthy food bags and tailored patient education to women with high risk pregnancies and food insecurity, living in rural areas. This entry includes a video clip showing a nutrition consult which incorporates the 2-Question Hunger Vital Sign Screener. These two questions have been validated for use in the clinical setting to identify food insecurity, and will be used by practices piloting the MOTHeRS' Project to identify high-risk pregnant women at each prenatal appointment. A response of 'usually' or 'sometimes' reflects a positive screen for food insecurity.
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