The Top Research Articles We Read in 2018

by Traci Simmons, MPH Health and Nutrition Coordinator, Feeding America

In this new year, Feeding America continues to make progress on our goal to improve food security: By 2025, Feeding America, in collaboration with our network and our partners, will ensure access to enough nutritious food for people struggling with hunger, and make meaningful progress toward ending hunger.

As we operationalize our goal’s strategies, our work aimed to improve the diet quality of people facing hunger is greatly informed by research and promising practices tested across the nationwide network of food banks.

With so much information available in today’s digital age, Feeding America is sharing six of the top research articles we read in 2018. These speak to key lessons learned in the field, food insecurity as a social determinant of health and interventions to consider as we look to make measurable progress toward improving food security.

  1. Comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Support from Food Banks: A Randomized Controlled Trial
  2. Food Insecurity, Healthcare Utilization, and High Cost: A Longitudinal Cohort Study
  3. Meal Delivery Programs Reduce the Use of Costly Health Care in Dually Eligible Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries
  4. Screening Pediatric Patients for Food Insecurity: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study of Comorbidities and Demographic Characteristics
  5. Lessons Learned from Implementation of the Food Insecurity Screening and Referral Program at Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  6. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Size and Timing and Hypertension-Related Emergency Department Claims Among Medicaid Enrollees

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Traci Simmons is the Program Coordinator on the Health and Nutrition team at Feeding America. Her work includes supporting food banks in adopting nutrition education strategies through the development, implementation and dissemination of nudges. She also manages content on Hunger + Health.