As basic food insecurity screening is rolled-out in medical settings, healthcare providers need to feel confident that patients can be connected to the food nutrition services that best meet their needs. With no coordinated, risk-stratified intake and referral system for nutrition, inappropriate referrals (or no referrals) to community-based services are common.
The FNS Bundle solves this multifaceted issue. The project has successfully streamlined referral processes by drawing on nutrition provider expertise to create an assessment and risk stratification tool, embed it into Unite Us, allowing partners to screen patients for food insecurity and nutritional risk, send secure electronic referrals to food and nutrition resources, enroll patients in a range of nutrition interventions, and track outcomes and data about service delivery to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
Now, let’s dive into what they’ve discovered so far.