How Food Insecurity and Financial Difficulty Relate to Emotional Well-Being and Social Functioning
The purpose of this study was to examine the association between social barriers, particularly healthy food availability and financial difficulty, and well-being among uninsured free clinic patients in the United States.
Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine. Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.
Medically uninsured individuals living in poverty experience poor health and face social barriers that negatively affect their health.
The purpose of this study was to examine the association between social barriers, particularly healthy food availability and financial difficulty, and well-being among uninsured free clinic patients in the United States.At the conclusion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:
- Understand the multiple social determinants of health that are affected by lack of healthy food, poverty, and access to healthcare insurance and value health care.
- Assess the social determinants of health in your patient population in the context of nutrition, poverty, and access to healthcare
- Develop an action plan for those patients in your practice who need assistance within their community of poverty and food desert and identify the resources to apply to their health improvement, including mental health.
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The following individuals, unless otherwise noted, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Akiko Kamimura, PhD, MSW
Rebecca Higham, MPH
Samin Panahi, MS
Edward Lee, MS
Rachel J. Griffin, BA
Justine Sundrud, BS
Mary Lucero, MPA
Southern Medical Association/Southern Medical Journal Editorial Staff:
Steven T. Baldwin, MD, SMJ Editor-in-Chief
G. Richard Holt, MD
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor
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