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Funding a Food Allergy

Food allergies have become synonymous with the upper-middle class; there’s probably a punchline somewhere about all the nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free items in a Whole Foods shopping cart at this very moment. But, the reality is, food allergies plague every socioeconomic group in the nation; 8% of children in the United States have at least one food allergy. Wealthier families just have the means to proactively manage them.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities food

Keeping the Lights On: Combatting Energy Insecurity with Social Programs

Vulnerable, low-income populations in need of social services visit the emergency room at more than twice the rates of other Americans. But once treated and discharged, they face another barrier to staying healthy when they return home: keeping their utilities on. More than 16 million US households face energy insecurity, meaning that they go without necessary utilities such as heat and electricity, throughout the year.

Topics: social determinants of health food

Shifting Focus: New Strategies to Fight Food Deserts

In recent years the concept of food deserts, commonly defined as areas with low car ownership combined with few or no supermarkets located within a mile, has become a focus of politicians and public health professionals looking to improve health outcomes in low-income communities.

Topics: community resources food food insecurity food deserts

Testing the Effectiveness of Healthy School Lunchroom Interventions

In an effort to combat America’s obesity epidemic, school boards and state legislatures are increasingly turning to interventions in which less healthy food options are replaced with healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Topics: childhood development food obesity healthcare

Cooking Up Better Health

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

Topics: health disparities community resources food community-based organizations vulnerable populations

The Trump FMSA: Implications for Food Safety

Are you an American who eats food? When you sit down to a meal, do you ever worry that your food is contaminated?

Topics: public health food public policy

Leveraging Population Health to go Beyond Diabetes Awareness

It’s November, which means it’s not only time to celebrate Thanksgiving but also diabetes awareness. The yearly observance of Diabetes Awareness Month provides a chance to shed light on one of our nation’s most prevalent chronic diseases. While the focus for the month has largely been to bring attention to how to live healthy with diabetes, now more than ever, it should also draw awareness on how a population health approach can reduce its impact.

Topics: social determinants of health food

The Hidden Hunger Crisis in the LGBT Community

First, the bad news: Back in May, Gallup reported that 15% of U.S. adults did not have enough money to buy food for themselves or their families in the last year. Now, the good news: This is a 5% decrease from the 2013 high of nearly 20% and represents the lowest percentage of Americans struggling to afford food since Gallup started tracking the measure in 2008.

Topics: community resources public health food

Healthier Eating for Low-Income Families: Innovative Models Succeed

Summer is a time of abundance for farmers of fresh fruits and vegetables! Yet many low-income and food insecure individuals have diets more likely to contain potato chips than carrots. We know these kinds of “junk food” diets make these individuals vulnerable to obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. What are the barriers to sharing the healthy harvest to a wider circle of individuals from all kinds of socio-economic backgrounds?

Topics: food public benefits