Navigation Links
Researcher awarded grant to study food insecurity in homes of child with special healthcare needs
Date:6/12/2013

(Boston) Ruth Rose-Jacobs, ScD, associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a research scientist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has received funding for a two-year study to examine the association between the presence of young children with special healthcare needs in households and food insecurity. Rose-Jacobs, also a child development researcher with Children's HealthWatch, is the principal investigator (PI) on this $249,984 grant awarded by the University of Kentucky's Research Program on Childhood Hunger, which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutritional Service.

Children with special health care needs (SHCN) are children who have, or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. The research project will examine the impact of having a young child with SHCN on child and/or household food insecurity in low-income households. Food insecurity is not being able to afford enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. According to the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, approximately 15 percent of US children under the age of 17 have SHCN. Households with versus without a child with SHCN are more likely to live at or near the poverty level. The presence of a child with SHCN is associated with lower overall household adult employment due to the increased care needs of the child, which may be associated with family material hardships.

"We anticipate that households with a child with SHCN suffer disproportionately from food insecurity," said Rose-Jacobs, who is one of three recipients of this two-year grant. "This study could have important implications for the expansion of food insecurity screening and inform practice in federal and state nutrition and non-nutrition assistance programs aimed at reducing food insecurity and other material hardships."

The study will take place at safety-net hospitals in Baltimore, Boston, Little Rock, Ark., Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

In 2011, approximately 25 percent of American households with children under 6 years of age were food insecure at some point during the year, according to data from the USDA's Economic Research Service. According to Children's HealthWatch, children from food insecure households, when compared to those from food secure households, are 90 percent more likely to be reported in fair or poor health and are two thirds more likely to be at risk for developmental delays.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary
jenny.eriksen@bmc.org
617-638-6841
Boston University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers identify a new mechanism of TB drug resistance
2. Water Researcher Sharon Kleyne Reports Best Methods to Reduce Summer Garden Watering
3. Mount Sinai researchers provide 1st prospective characterization of a genetic subtype of autism
4. Obesity can be predicted from infancy, CWRU researchers find
5. Quality-of-life issues need to be addressed for CML patients, Moffitt researchers say
6. With new $1.7 million grant, U-M, Johns Hopkins researchers will develop dementia treatment tool
7. Voices Against Brain Cancer Comments on New Discovery Made by Researchers in Regards to the Tie between Brain Cancer and Genetics
8. Best Eye Protection from Summer Sun Is Water Reports Water and Health Researcher Sharon Kleyne
9. ASTRO awards 3 distinguished physicians and researchers with Societys highest honor
10. Stories help patients make health decisions, MU researcher says
11. Researchers identify genetic signature of deadly brain cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... Tri-State Camp Conference in Atlantic City March 13-16, was a busy spot this ... of professional staff discussed strategies for preventing outbreaks among camp communities during the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Oily skin is a common and unwelcomed occurrence in ... has a lot to offer to the discussion of dealing with excess skin oil. ... there are many home remedies that can help remove the oily shine while keeping the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... , ... “A Prophets Bones”: a thrilling adventure that reveals the mystery of Kevin’s purpose. “A ... his parents and teachers had asked of him that he had neglected to do, but ... the Almighty Creator. There were some who would have felt themselves to be special and ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... 27, 2017 , ... The respected dental team at Northwood ... without the extensive time commitment and aesthetic disadvantages of traditional braces can now ... custom-designed series of virtually invisible aligners are created for each patient and crafted ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Plains, NY (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... Root Canal Awareness Week by teaching their patients about the key role this treatment ... therapy from an experienced endodontist. To better serve those who need a root ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... Calif. , March 27, 2017  Cryoport, Inc. ... that it intends to offer shares of common stock ... registration statement on file with the Securities and Exchange ... and other conditions, and there can be no assurance ... completed, or as to the actual size or terms ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017 To mark the end ... , Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase ... convention, held at New York,s Jacob ... Your Vision Month, sponsored by the American Optometric Association, is ... importance of receiving comprehensive eye exams. In recognition of this ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... March 27, 2017  Sophiris Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: ... a clinical late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing topsalysin (PRX302) ... today reported fourth quarter and full year 2016 ... Key Corporate Highlights: Advanced ... Cancer. During 2016, the Company reported successful results ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: