A new study in Preventive Medicine Reports describes how authors surveyed Vermont WIC participants with questions on food insecurity risk and an understudied form of material hardship: diaper need. Authors found that half of participating households were at risk for food insecurity and one-third reported diaper need, with a strong association between the two measures. For families who experienced diaper need, strategies included borrowing, stretching supplies, buying on credit, or switching to other materials. The authors, of UVM and the Vermont Department of Health, emphasize that interventions to address diaper need are a health equity response for families with children. #foodsecurity
Diaper need linked with food insecurity risk among WIC participants, but no program to address need
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