The Childhood Hunger Coaltion (CHC) of Oregon has developed a free course with optional continuing medical education credits.
Children living in food-insecure households are at higher risk for developmental and academic problems, frequent illness and nutritional inadequacies. Knowledge of indicators and impacts of childhood hunger allows health providers to identify patients at risk and to provide an appropriate intervention. Further awareness and education among those who monitor health and development of children is an urgent need.
The course is divided into five modules:
- Introduction and overview
- Food insecurity: definitions, measurement, prevalence, and predictors
- Food access and food choices: complex issues
- Food insecurity: relationship to child health and development
- Intervention strategies
It is best to go through each module in order. Each module takes 5-10 minutes to complete, although you may start and stop as often as you like.
Continuing medical education credit (CME): For physicians seeking credit, registration and online exam are required.