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This webinar was presented live on May 12, 2020.
Food Insecurity is an often unrealized problem that can lead to malnutrition, increased stress, poor treatment tolerance, and non-compliance with medical recommendations. The oncology RD is uniquely positioned to help mitigate these problems through evidenced-based programming. Food insecurity screening is an essential first step for identifying need and can significantly increase referrals to the oncology RD as well as improve patient-clinician relationships. Further, addressing food insecurity through a cancer center-based food pantry can address an immediate need and improve clinical outcomes such as weight, body composition, and perceived stress.
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 5150, 3005
Performance Indicators: 8.3.1, 8.3.6, 8.1.1
- Understand food insecurity affects a significant number of cancer patients and addressing this barrier to care can improve patient outcomes and satisfaction with their overall care
- Learn key steps to implement an electronic medical record-based food insecurity screening tool to provide accurate prevalence statistics and referrals to the oncology RD
- Describe the workflow changes expected to implement a hospital-based food pantry including education, staffing, budgets, and community engagement
Laura Kerns, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, FAND
Laura Kerns is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition. She received her Master's in Public Health from the University of Michigan and completed her dietetic internship at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has spent the last eight years working exclusively in oncology, which has included the development of two outpatient cancer center nutrition programs.
Currently Laura is the senior clinical dietitian at the Ochsner Cancer Institute. She has overseen the research, development, implementation, and evaluation of Louisiana's first hospital-based food pantry. This work awarded her as a New Orleans HealthCare Hero in 2019. Additionally she is heavily involved in clinical research including leading a clinical trial to evaluate diet interventions versus standard of care treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma. This project was funded in part by the 2018 Oncology Nutrition Practice Group small research grant.
Laura is active in her local dietetic associations and has held offices at the local and state level. She has given lectures and poster presentations at the local, state, and national levels relating to malnutrition, general oncology nutrition and enteral nutrition. She was one of the recipients of the Abbott Nutrition Alliance Award for her work in malnutrition.