Addressing the social needs of individuals with food allergy and celiac disease during COVID-19: A new practice model for sustained social care

Lucy A. Bilaver, Rajeshree Das, Erin Martinez, Emily Brown, Ruchi S. Gupta*, Marissa Love

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Abstract

COVID-19 has led to high rates of food insecurity. Food insecure patients with food allergy and celiac disease are especially vulnerable during the pandemic when foods become limited. This paper describes a practice innovation implemented by a community-based organization, Food Equality Initiative (FEI), whose mission is improving health and ending hunger among individuals with food allergy and celiac disease. FEI responded to the pandemic by converting their in-person pantries to a contactless delivery of safe foods. The practice innovation is discussed in relation to three system-level elements necessary to sustain the integration of social care into the delivery of healthcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-196
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Food insecurity
  • celiac disease
  • food allergy
  • social work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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