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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

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31829d2aa2
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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.

Montana State University College of Nursing, Bozeman.

Correspondence: Laura S. Larsson, PhD, MPH, BSN, Montana State University College of Nursing, Bozeman, MT 59717 (

The authors gratefully acknowledge the student nurses who operated the Nurse's Desk—Denise Knox, Jolene Thibault, Kate Chapman, Katie Claridge, Kate Worth, Cynthia Kempf, and Danna Miceh—and thank GVFB Program Manager Lori Christenson, MPH, CHES, and GVFB volunteer and board member Donna West for being champions of the Nurse's Desk project.

The authors have nothing to declare.

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