Symposium Session: Transforming the Mindset of Hunger to Better Serve the Underserved
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 1010, 1070, 4070, 6080
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 3.3.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 12.1.1
Hunger lurks everywhere in the United States—and few of us feel it. Approximately 42 million people, including 13.1 million children, struggle to find their next meal. Yet, most health care professionals initially promote the consumption of produce to prevent and manage chronic disease instead of assessing for food access first. This session will review two common misconceptions surrounding food insecurity and explain how making one simple change will improve health outcomes.
Dietitians, regardless of practice specialty, counsel and educate clients struggling to feed themselves and their families. This interactive session will inspire participants to identify and transform counseling techniques for food-insecure clients at risk of malnutrition. Attendees will be able to bridge the knowledge gap between the overall health of clients and food insecurity. Clancy will demonstrate how effective community partnerships and the use of the Food Insecurity/Food Banking Supervised Practice Concentration can help integrate more dietetic interns into the world of food insecurity within any practice setting.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Describe the role of RDs in food insecurity and recognize misconceptions surrounding poverty and food insecurity.
- Distinguish patients at risk of malnutrition related to food insecurity and explain the connection between food insecurity and overall health.
- Identify innovative solutions to fight local hunger, including the use of dietetic interns.
Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RDN, FAND, is a registered dietitian, TEDx speaker, author, and food justice advocate with more than 20 years of experience challenging the way poverty is approached in the United States. Her humility, humor, honesty, and practical strategies combined with her research-based expertise make her a highly sought-after speaker for congressional briefings, TV segments, and professional seminars. Clancy served as food service director for Aramark and as president of Al Beech West Side Food Pantry, and now teaches nutrition at the Pennsylvania State University, and consults with health care organizations and universities to better serve the underserved.
Clancy Cash Harrison reports the following relevant disclosures: she is a consultant to Misercordia University and is a spokesperson for American Dairy Association Northeast. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 1.50 CDR