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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31829d2aa2
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Nurse's Desk: Food Bank–Based Outreach and Screening to Decrease Unmet Referral Needs

Larsson, Laura S. PhD, MPH, BSN; Kuster, Emilie SN

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The Nurse's Desk health screening project used the Intervention Wheel model to conduct outreach, screening, education, and referral for food bank clients (n = 506). Blood glucose, blood pressure, health care utilization, and unmet referral needs were assessed. Screening results identified 318 clients (62.8%) with 1 or more unmet referral needs, including 6 clients (3.16%) with capillary blood glucose more than 199 mg/dL and 132 (31.9%) with hypertension. Clients had higher-than-average systolic and diastolic blood pressures and undiagnosed diabetes than in the general population. A client-approved method for tracking completed referrals is needed for this potentially high-risk population.

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