What is Screen and Intervene Idaho?
 

Addressing Food Security: A Toolkit For Pediatricians

The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force has partnered with The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho to implement a simple, nationally validated, two question food insecurity screening which helps doctors know which patients may need additional resources for themselves or their family. This pilot has reached over 208 households throughout the Ada County, Nampa and Caldwell area!


Why Screen Patients for Food Insecurity and Intervene?

Over 86,507 Families are Food Insecure in Idaho

17.8% of Idaho children and their families are food insecure, which increases health risks and also developmental and emotional problems in children at school.
Food insecurity
 significantly increases the risk for adult chronic disease, including obesity
Many people are not aware of resources available for them.
 
Food insecurity happens to all types of people and may be well hidden.
Screening for food insecurity can help identify possible health issues that might be undiagnosed or interpreted incorrectly.


Intake and Referral Process:
1. Within the last 12 months we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.
Often True          Sometimes True          Never True           Don't Know, refused

2. Within the past 12 months the food we bought just didn't last and we didn't have any money to get more. 

Often True          Sometimes True          Never True           Don't Know, refused
If a patient screens positive to either question, after their consent, patients will be referred to a Care Navigator. Care Navigator's then follow up with the patient and go over additional food resources the patient might either be unaware of or needs more information on.

 

For further inquiries into Screen and Intervene contact:

Avery Lavoie
alavoie@idahohunger.org