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Evaluating an EMR-based Process to Identify Food Insecurity Among Pediatric Emergency Department Patients and Improve Connection to Community Services

In a partnership between Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, and Hennepin County Medical Center, this study implements an electronic medical record-based screen for food insecurity in pediatric emergency department patients. In addition, we use an RCT to test a text message-based intervention to improve connection to community resources to increase levels of food security.

The ultimate goal of this study is to develop a sustainable, low-cost model that can be translated to other health care settings.

Community Partner

Children's Minnesota


CTSI Child Health Collaborative Grant Award

Co-Principal Investigators

Caitlin Caspi, ScD & Gretchen Cutler, PhD


Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc (Children's Hospital) 
Diana Cutts, MD (HCMC)
Marissa Hendrickson, MD (University of Minnesota)

Project Manager

Nikki Braaten (Children's Hospital)