Exploring Health Implications of Disparities Associated with Food Insecurity Among Low-Income Populations

  • Canales M
  • Coffey N
  • Moore E
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Abstract

A focus group process, conducted by a community-academic partnership, qualitatively assessed food insecurity perspectives of parents and community staff assisting families with food assistance. Food insecurity was reported to affect all aspects of their life, increasing stress and reducing coping abilities. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality encourages research with priority populations, including low-income populations. This research supports the body of knowledge correlating relationships between poverty, food insecurity, and chronic health conditions. Perspectives of food-insecure people are often missing from policy and advocacy interventions. Nurses can use lessons learned and recommendations from this research to address food-insecurity-related health disparities.

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  • Community-academic partnerships
  • Food insecurity
  • Low-income populations
  • Qualitative research

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Authors

  • Mary K. Canales

  • Nancy Coffey

  • Emily Moore

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