What is the Hunger Vital Sign™?
In 2010, Drs. Erin Hager and Anna Quigg and the Children’s HealthWatch team developed the Hunger Vital Sign™, a 2-question screening tool based on the US Household Food Security Scale to identify young children in households at risk of food insecurity.
The Hunger Vital Sign™ identifies individuals and families as being at risk for food insecurity if they answer that either or both of the following two statements is ‘often true’ or ‘sometimes true’ (vs. ‘never true’):
“ Within the past 12 months we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.”
“ Within the past 12 months the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more.”
The peer-reviewed journal article on the Hunger Vital Sign™ has been cited in over one-hundred publications since its release and the screening tool has been used widely in medical settings around the country. In October 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement, recommending that pediatricians screen all children for food insecurity. In May 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services incorporated the Hunger Vital Sign™ in the Accountable Health Communities Screening Tool.
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