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Smith A, Zallman L, Betts K, Brukilacchio L, McCaughan F, McAleer E, Keely N, Elvin D, Trumble L. Implementing an electronic system to screen and actively refer to community based agencies for food insecurity in primary care. Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, 2019.


Key takeaways:

  • Social needs screening in primary care at safety net institutions is feasible, and is also acceptable to primary care staff.
  • Referring patients with food insecurity to a community-based organization that actively reaches out to patients is feasible.
  • Utilizing technology is important to scale the program.
  • Social needs screening provides population-wide screening data that can guide program development.