Food insecurity (FI) is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. It most often occurs in households with income near or below the federal poverty line. In 2021, over 10% of the U.S. population met criteria for FI, 12.5% for households with children. Our state ranks 2nd worst at 15%. Average assistance benefits provide $1.40/person/meal, but the average meal costs $3.02/person. Families face choices of food vs utilities, education, transportation, housing, or medical care. FI contributes to developmental issues, weakened immune system, poor psychological and behavioral health, and plays a role in chronic diseases, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
We created an interprofessional movie night designed to increase knowledge of FI incidence and assessment and recognize collaborative opportunities to improve FI-related health outcomes using the documentary film "A Place at the Table" as the foundation for discussion. (Ref: Silverbush, L., & Jacobson, K. (2012). A Place at the Table. Magnolia Pictures.)
The activity had five elements: review "Look for it, Listen for it" questions, view the documentary, deliver overview and statistics for FI, participate in interprofessional discussion, and complete a written reflection. IPE faculty and advanced level students served as facilitators. Pre-/post-quizzes evaluated changes in knowledge. A standardized rubric was used to evaluate written reflections. A random sample of reflections was analyzed using a constant-comparative approach to identify themes until five consecutive reflections had no novel themes.
The event was hosted six times. Students (n=188) from the colleges of health professions (38), medicine (44), nursing (37), pharmacy (44), public health (17), and graduate school (8) have attended. Mean scores for all seven quiz items increased, pre/post respectively, Q1 (85.7%, 94.5%), Q2 (89.2%, 97.2%), Q3 (26.0%, 66.4%), Q4 (26.9%, 85.0%), Q5 (91.9%, 100.0%), Q6 (70.1%, 91.8%), Q7 (62.3%, 78.1%). Average overall score increased 23%.
Qualitative themes identified included: empowerment to incorporate identification of and individualized patient support for food insecurity, activation and recognition of empathy, new understanding of the association of food insecurity with chronic disease and mental health, recognition and intention for advocacy, recognition and understanding of interprofessional collaboration to address food insecurity, and identification of quadruple aim considerations and targets.
This interprofessional movie night advanced students’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceived future practice regarding the identification of and recognition for the impact of food insecurity on quadruple aim goals. Themes identified from reflections apply directly to The Classroom and Beyond intent.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (National Center OICPD). The National Center OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
The National Center OICPD (JA#: 4008105) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs).
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
Learners can claim CE credit by completing the Daily Evaluation.