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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
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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
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