Dept. of Dietetics and Nutrition
Oregon Health & Science University
Background: Food insecurity (FI) is the âlimited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.â In 2006, 15.6% of households with children in the United States were classified as being food insecure, including 12.6 million children. Many adverse effects are seen in food insecure children; spanning physical, developmental, cognitive, and social realms. Screening for childhood food insecurity is crucial to identify and provide aid for those in need but is not often done in primary care settings. Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) are âthose who have a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.â Having CSHCN puts an additional financial burden on the household, increasing the likelihood for food insecurity. CSHCN are already at a higher risk for
School of Medicine
Travis, Mary Kristine, "Food insecurity and children with special health care needs" (2008). Scholar Archive. 577.