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How does food insecurity relate to health and what are the implications for health care providers?

CDPAC Webinar #3

Upcoming Webinar: How does food insecurity relate to health and what are the implications for health care providers? May 18/17

May 18, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern

Register now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6830617413940098051

Description:

Please join PROOF and CDPAC for the final webinar in their series on household food insecurity. In this webinar, we will examine evidence of the impact of food insecurity on individuals’ mental and physical health and the financial burden food insecurity poses for our healthcare system. Although food insecurity is associated with dietary compromise, its effects on health extend beyond those associated with poor nutrition. We will discuss the complex relationship between food insecurity and health, considering the evidence of a bidirectional relationship for some conditions and disentangling the relation between food insecurity and malnutrition. Finally, we will examine the implications of this body of research for practice, particularly considering the challenges that arise in providing care to patients who are experiencing food insecurity.

Presenters:

  • Valerie Tarasuk, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto and PROOF principal investigator
  • Lynn McIntyre, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary and PROOF investigator
  • Carlota Basualdo-Hammond, MSc, MPH, RD, Executive Director, Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services

Who is vulnerable to household food insecurity and what does this mean for policy and practice?

CDPAC Webinar #2

Description:

In this webinar, we delve into the question of what drives vulnerability to household food insecurity in Canada. Drawing on the wealth of Canadian data collected during more than a decade of food insecurity monitoring, we examine the social and economic circumstances of food insecure households and look at what has been found to underpin changes in household food insecurity status over time. We also discuss the relationship between food insecurity and health, considering the evidence of a bidirectional relationship for some conditions. The interpretation of these findings by Dietitians of Canada in their recent Position Statement and Recommendations – Addressing Household Food Insecurity in Canada are also shared as a platform for policy and practice recommendations.

Presenters:

  • Valerie Tarasuk, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto and PROOF principal investigator
  • Lynn McIntyre, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary and PROOF investigator
  • Pat Vanderkooy, MSc, RD, Public Affairs Manager, Dietitians of Canada

Resources

Webinar Slides [PDF]

PROOF Resources

Dietitians of Canada Resources

Research Publications

Li N, Dachner N, Tarasuk V. The impact of changes in social policies on household food insecurity in British Columbia, 2005–2012. Preventive Medicine. 2016;93:151-8.

Loopstra R, Tarasuk V. Severity of household food insecurity is sensitive to change in household income and employment status among low-income families. The Journal of nutrition. 2013;143(8):1316-23.

McIntyre L, Bartoo AC, Emery JH. When working is not enough: food insecurity in the Canadian labour force. Public health nutrition. 2014;17(01):49-57.

McIntyre L, Dutton DJ, Kwok C, Emery JH. Reduction of Food Insecurity among Low-Income Canadian Seniors as a Likely Impact of a Guaranteed Annual Income. Canadian Public Policy. 2016;42(3):274-86.

The following are links to the research abstracts. If you are looking for the full articles, please email proof@utoronto.ca

Fafard St-Germain AA, Tarasuk V. High vulnerability to household food insecurity in a sample of Canadian renter households in government-subsidized housing. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2017; 108(2)

Ionescu-Ittu R, Glymour MM, Kaufman JS. A difference-in-differences approach to estimate the effect of income-supplementation on food insecurity. Preventive medicine. 2015;70:108-16.

Loopstra R, Dachner N, Tarasuk V. An exploration of the unprecedented decline in the prevalence of household food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007–2012. Canadian Public Policy. 2015;41(3):191-206.

McIntyre L, Pow J, Emery JH. A path analysis of recurrently food-insecure Canadians discerns employment, income, and negative health effects. Journal of Poverty. 2015 Jan 2;19(1):71-87.

McIntyre L, Wu X, Fleisch VC, Emery JH. Homeowner versus non-homeowner differences in household food insecurity in Canada. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. 2016;31(2):349-66.


Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada: Interpreting the Statistics

CDPAC Webinar #1

Description:

Food insecurity – the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints – is increasingly recognized as a serious public health problem. Since 2005, household food insecurity has been systematically monitored in Canada through the Canadian Community Health Survey run by Statistics Canada.

The growing use of these data by public health, community agencies, research centres, and social policy groups has been critical in building awareness and understanding of the problem of food insecurity. However, inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the reporting of data on food insecurity mask the scale and severity of this problem. The accurate and effective use of Canada’s monitoring data hinges on a clear understanding of what exactly is being measured on the Canadian Community Health Survey, what it means, and how to interpret the food insecurity statistics available on Statistics Canada’s website (CANSIM). Anyone interested in using food insecurity statistics or learning about how food insecurity is monitored in Canada is encouraged to view this webinar.

Presenters:

  • Valerie Tarasuk, PhD – Professor at University of Toronto and principal investigator of PROOF
  • Suzanne Galesloot, MSA, RD – Public Health Nutrition Provincial Lead at Alberta Health Services
  • Tracy Woloshyn, RD – Public Health Nutritionist at York Region Public Health

Resources

Webinar Slides [PDF]

PROOF Annual Reports

PROOF Factsheets

Food security: An argument for poverty reduction (Video)

OSNPPH Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity [PDF] [French version]

Income-Related Policy Recommendations to Address Food Insecurity (OSNPPH)

Research Publications

Cox, J., Hamelin, A. M., McLinden, T., Moodie, E. E., Anema, A., Rollet-Kurhajec, K. C., … & Canadian Co-infection Cohort Investigators. (2016). Food insecurity in HIV-hepatitis C virus co-infected individuals in Canada: the importance of co-morbidities. AIDS and Behavior, 1-11.

McIntyre, L., Dutton, D. J., Kwok, C., & Emery, J. H. (2016). Reduction of Food Insecurity among Low-Income Canadian Seniors as a Likely Impact of a Guaranteed Annual Income. Canadian Public Policy, 42(3), 274-286.

Tarasuk, V., Cheng, J., de Oliveira, C., Dachner, N., Gundersen, C., & Kurdyak, P. (2015). Association between household food insecurity and annual health care costs. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 187(14), E429-E436.

Gundersen, C., & Ziliak, J. P. (2015). Food insecurity and health outcomes. Health affairs, 34(11), 1830-1839. [PDF]

Emery, J. C., Fleisch, V., & McIntyre, L. (2013). How a Guaranteed Annual Income Could Put Food Banks Out of Business. SPP Research Paper, (6-37). [PDF]

Tarasuk, V., Mitchell, A., McLaren, L., & McIntyre, L. (2013). Chronic physical and mental health conditions among adults may increase vulnerability to household food insecurity. The Journal of nutrition, jn-113.

The following are links to the research abstracts. If you are looking for the full articles, please email proof@utoronto.ca.

Loopstra, R., Dachner, N., & Tarasuk, V. (2015). An exploration of the unprecedented decline in the prevalence of household food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007-2012. Canadian Public Policy, 41(3), 191-206.

Loopstra R, Tarasuk V. Food bank usage Is a poor indicator of food insecurity: insights from Canada. Social Policy and Society 2015; 14(3), 443-455

McIntyre, L., Williams, J. V., Lavorato, D. H., & Patten, S. (2013). Depression and suicide ideation in late adolescence and early adulthood are an outcome of child hunger. Journal of affective disorders, 150(1), 123-129.