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Assessment of Food Access and Availability, Hunger, and Nutrition among the Homeless in Rhode Island. Thaneth Ban, Lady Carmona, Nahomie Delille, and Laywell Tedoe Undergraduate Nursing Students University of Rhode Island. Goals and Objectives.

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Assessment of food access and availability hunger and nutrition among the homeless in rhode island

Assessment of Food Access and Availability, Hunger, and Nutrition among the Homeless in Rhode Island

Thaneth Ban, Lady Carmona, Nahomie Delille, and Laywell Tedoe

Undergraduate Nursing Students

University of Rhode Island


Goals and objectives

Goals and Objectives

  • Work in collaboration with community organizations such as Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and Crossroads Rhode Island

  • Increase understanding of economic and cultural barriers to health

  • Increase knowledge of population without homes in RI

  • Assess this population to determine food, hunger and nutrition issues

  • Increase awareness of the impact of homelessness on health


Survey

Survey

  • Consent form – informed consent

  • Survey in four parts

    • Demographic

    • Case Management/Social Assistance

    • Biophysical Data

    • Nutritional Diary


Setting

Setting

  • Crossroads Rhode Island

  • Women’s Shelter

  • Crossroads Rhode Island Family Shelter

  • Community Health Clinic


Sample

Sample

  • 33 people

  • 13 men, 20 women

  • Age from 19-67, average 35

  • Education

    • 24% (8) less than high school

    • 45% (15) high school or GED

    • 9% (3) some trade school

    • 18% (6) some college

    • 0% (0) college completed or post graduate college

    • 3% (1) no answer


Sample cont

Sample cont

  • Race

    • 36% (12) Caucasian

    • 21% (7) African-American

    • 21% (7) Latino

    • 15% (5) Multiracial

    • 0% (0) Asian/ Pacific Islander/ American Indian/ Alaska Native

    • 6% (2) No answer


Description of population

Description of Population

  • Unemployment

  • Mental Illness

    • depression

  • Substance Abuse

  • Domestic Violence

  • Chronic Illness

  • Physical Disabilities


Assessment of food access and availability hunger and nutrition among the homeless in rhode island

38% of people were in the normal range

64% of people were in the overweight range


Other findings

Other findings

  • General lack of knowledge of available resources

    • 24% had less than high school education

    • 1 in 10 had never applied for food stamps

    • 2 in 5 were not receiving food stamps

    • Lack of knowledge of general programs


Recommendations for change

Recommendations for Change

  • Availability of Information

    • People that are homeless

    • Social Service Workers

  • Education

  • Jobs

  • Housing


Food programs

Food Programs

  • Healthy choices

  • Healthy donations

  • Changes in food stamp policy

    • Change qualifications

    • Allow people to purchase prepared hot foods


Ri ahec support allowed us to

RI AHEC support allowed us to…

  • Learn in an urban underserved community

  • Work one on one with individuals and families who are homeless

  • Work with ethnically and culturally diverse population

  • Increase our knowledge of the economically disadvantaged


Thank you to southern rhode island ahec

Thank you to Southern Rhode Island AHEC


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