Food Insecurity, Nutritional Literacy, and Heart Disease: A Novel Interdisciplinary University of Pittsburgh Initiative

Abstract

Heart failure patients with limited food access and food insecurity have elevated risks for symptomatic morbidity, recurrent hospitalization and mortality. We propose a novel, interdisciplinary intervention to: (a) identify UPMC heart failure patients (n=30) with food insecurity and limited social resources, heretofore unrecognized by standard clinical care; and (b) deliver a 6-month, home-based intervention to address food insecurity, social challenges, and nutritional literacy. We combine expertise in heart failure, home-based social work interventions, nutrition in chronic disease, and neighborhood-level strategies for public health. Our safety-net program will improve outcomes in vulnerable individuals and strengthen Pitt’s community-based safety net.

Principal Investigator
  • Jared Magnani

    Co-Principal Investigator
    School of Medicine

  • Daniel Rosen

    Co-Principal Investigator
    School of Social Work

Select Collaborators
  • Kim Kelly

    Team Member
    Heart and Vascular Institute

  • Michael Mathier

    Team Member
    Heart and Vascular Institute

  • Thuy Bui

    Team Member
    General Internal Medicine

  • Judith Dodd

    Team Member
    Nutrition

  • Deborah Hutcheson

    Team Member
    Nutrition

  • Erin Kelly

    Team Member
    Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank

  • Tiffany Gary-Webb

    Team Member
    School of Public Health

  • Jodie Bryk

    Team Member
    General Internal Medicine