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Food Insecurity and Trauma Informed Approaches to BMI and Diabetes Care While Experiencing Homelessness

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Diabetes.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases and Care, Nutrition, Persons Experiencing Homelessness.

Year Developed: 2020

Resource Type: Archived Webinar.

Primary Audience: Clinicians

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This archived webinar describes the importance of trauma-informed care in assessing Body Mass Index in the context of diabetes treatment for patients experiencing homelessness.

Resource Details: Health centers and their affiliates will recognize the necessity of trauma-informed care among individuals experiencing homelessness as it relates to food insecurity, BMI screenings and care. In particular, food insecurity and its effects on individuals experiencing homelessness will be explored to best meet challenges of dietary intake. During this archived webinar, participants will learn what body mass index (BMI) is while describing the danger it poses towards public health amongst individuals experiencing homelessness. Participants will also be able to describe the various traumas one experiences while being homeless and how trauma-informed care acts as a bridge to establish rapport and better serve the community. Diabetes management and education will also be addressed to support staff and clients.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit