Illinois Partnership for Childhood Nutrition Security
The purpose of the Childhood Nutrition Security Project is to foster collaboration between pediatricians, state food delivery, and family support partners to improve pediatrician food insecurity screening, referral mechanisms, and resource delivery to families. The Partnership will create and implement a collective impact plan to advance childhood nutrition in Illinois.
Recruit and convene current food system organizations, family advisor(s),and ICAAP leadership team in 2-3 meetings in the Illinois Partnership for Childhood Nutrition Security.
Identify the current landscape of food insecurity in Illinois.
Share best practices and assets that partners bring to improve healthy food access to children and families experiencing food insecurity.
Gain consensus on a shared systems model that identifies assets and opportunities to alleviate food insecurity. This will be informed by existing data that captures community member experience through focus groups and surveys.
Develop consensus on sharing relevant data, food resources, and referral networks.
Identify best practices to scale/trial or create solutions which will most likely impact the targeted processes and create a plan.
Develop and disseminate survey to ICAAP members to assess current practices and barriers to screening, implementation, and connecting patients to food systems.
Create awareness of food insecurity through the development of content and updates on the ICAAP website page featuring member opportunities to participate in training and collaborate in the project.
Develop standardized webinar training for pediatricians, residents, and medical students building upon existing education/tool resources (from the Food Research Action Center and AAP Food Insecurity Toolkit 2021). Webinar training will include universal screening for food insecurity using the validated Hunger Vital Signs, best practices for talking with families about food insecurity, and referral resources.
Conduct out reach to members, residency programs and medical schools and members.
Implement/trial system changes prioritized by the collective impact plan.
Share and disseminate aggregated food resources with clinics and others across Illinois.
Refine the collective impact plan based on implementation and feedback from community members and partners.
Learn more about Hunger in Illinois
Check out the Food Insecurity Map from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study.
ICAAP Announces Participation in National Learning Collaborative to End Childhood Hunger in Illinois
ICAAP is offering updated physician education in Addressing Childhood Food Insecurity in 2023. Please contact Abby Creek email@example.com if interested.
The learning objectives are:
- Demonstrate the importance of identifying food insecurity
- Develop skills to screen using hunger vital signs and discuss food insecurity with families
- Identify and provide food resources for families
Watch and Download the 2022 Education in Addressing Childhood Food Insecurity: Increasing Screening, Referrals, and Resources Delivery
Find Food Resources
Illinois Partnership for Childhood Nutrition Security
Childhood Nutrition Security Project Partners
Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago Public Schools
Cook County Health
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois State Board of Education
Southern 7 Health Department
SNAP Education, University of Illinois Extension
Tazewell County Health Department
Illinois Public Health Association
Illinois Public Health Institute
Home Visiting / Daycare
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
ACCESS Community Health Network
American Heart Association
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Erie Family Health Centers
Esperanza Health Centers
Heartland Health Services
Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois
PCC Community Wellness Center
Proviso Partners for Health: Veggie Rx
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
UIC Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnership
Local Food Initiative
Chicago Food Policy Action Counsel
Illinois 4-H Food Security Communities
Food Bank / Pantry
Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Chicago Feeding Illinois
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Midwest Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank
ICAAP Food Security Work Group Team
Ayaan Ahmed, ICAAP MPH Intern
Wendy Burdo-Hartman, MD, FAAP, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria
Maggie Chen, MPH, Family Advisor
Amy Christison, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Illinois College of Medicine, Medical Director, Healthy Kids U, Children’s Hospital of Illinois
Vera Goldberg, MD, FAAP, Primary Care Pediatrician, Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness
Zohra Moeenuddin, MD, FAAP, University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria, Heartland Health Services
Alisa Seo-Lee, MD, FAAP, Cook County Health
Enas Shanshen, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Cardiologist, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Jabari Taylor, MPH, Family Advisor
Brooke Turnock, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, PCC Austin Family Health Center
Alexandra Vaughn, Family Advisor
For additional information, contact Abby Creek, Manager, Health Equity Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.