Food Insecurity in a Low-Income, Predominantly African American Cohort Following the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The disease burden of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has disproportionately fallen on racial/ ethnic minority groups and marginalized populations in the United States. Food insecurity--a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life-- is a fundamental social determinant of health linked to poor nutrition, obesity, and chronic disease. Food insecurity is projected to grow across the United States and globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is likely to exacerbate existing racial inequities, as African Americans experienced disproportionate rates of food insecurity even before the pandemic. Structural racism has been identified as an upstream determinant of these inequities as well as a critical determinant of population health. To date, no longitudinal investigations of which we are aware have assessed changes in food insecurity in response to COVID-19 in at-risk, low-income communities. We examined the impact of COVID-19 and shutdowns on food insecurity in a cohort of low-income, primarily African American residents of 2 food deserts (neighborhoods without access to healthy, fresh foods) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We assessed longitudinal trends in food insecurity over 9 years, before and during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, in this sample relative to the US population."

American Journal of Public Health
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American Journal of Public Health (March 2021), v.111, no.3
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