Addressing Food Insecurity in Patients with Chronic Diseases
A panel of experts discuss issues around food insecurity in patients with chronic diseases, including evidence-based strategies. There is a need among healthcare providers to establish competencies and integrate strategies into their practices for their patients to overcome barriers to healthy food access, proper food preparation, and nutritional balance. This module includes three panelist presentations followed by a panel discussion and then knowledge check questions.
Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, community health workers, psychologists, pharmacy technicians, public health officials, and dentists.
- Describe food insecurity and broad strategies to effectively identify and address it through novel partnerships and collaborations
- Identify how healthcare providers can incorporate prescription food programs in their patient care practices
- Describe evidence-based chronic disease management programming focused on nutrition and wellness, and their integration with primary care
Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Essel is a board-certified community pediatrician at Children’s National in Washington, D.C. Dr. Essel serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, the Director of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Culinary Medicine Program, the Director of the GWU Community/Urban Health Scholarly Concentration, and the Director of the GWU Clinical Public Health Summit on Obesity. Dr. Essel has dedicated his career to advocacy/research around healthcare training, health disparities, and community engagement, with expertise and national recognition in the areas of addressing obesity stigma, and food insecurity in families. Dr. Essel earned a BS from Emory University with a focus on Human Biology and Anthropology, and earned his Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from GWU. He completed pediatric residency and General Academic Pediatric fellowship training at Children’s National Hospital.
Carrie Stoltzfus, MPH
Carrie Stoltzfus is the Executive Director of Food & Friends, an organization that provides medically-tailored meals and nutrition counseling to individuals in metropolitan Washington that are living with serious and chronic illnesses. She has been with Food & Friends in various roles since 2003 and has been Executive Director since 2019. She earned her Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on social and behavioral health. Ms. Stoltzfus has lent expertise to numerous local initiatives aimed at improving health and nutrition in the Washington, D.C. area. These include: Fair Food for All DC; the Mayor’s Council on Physical Activity, Heath and Nutrition; the Senior Advisory Coalition’s Nutrition Subcommittee; the Ward 8 Health Council; and the national Food is Medicine Coalition, where she sits on the advisory board.
Kristy McCarron, MPH
Kristy McCarron is the Vice President of Community Health and Wellness at the YMCA of Greater Washington. Ms. McCarron oversees the strategy and operations of the association’s Wellness and Community Health Departments. This includes evidence-based health interventions (such as the Diabetes Prevention Program, SNAP-Ed, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, and Nutrition Counseling), clinical integration, and fitness programs. Ms. McCarron is a Mayor-Appointed Council Member of the Washington DC Food Policy Council and Co-Chair of the Council’s Nutrition and Health Working Group. Ms. McCarron has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Certificate in Food Systems and Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
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PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACY TECHNICIANS
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
ACPE Pharmacist: (1.5 Contact Hours) UAN: 0536-9999-22-014-H01-P
ACPE Pharmacy Technician: (1.5 Contact Hours) UAN: 0536-9999-22-014-H01-T
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The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
PHYSICIANS – ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
1.50 hours of continuing nursing education (Approved by Educational Review Systems).
- 1.50 ACPE PharmacistThe George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
- 1.50 ACPE Pharmacy technicianThe George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.50 Completion
- 0.15 Nursing CEU
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