Factors Associated with Food Insecurity Among Health Sciences Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Joachim Dzidzor Sackey, Jessie Sullivan, Rebecca Brody, Riva Touger-Decker

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Abstract

This web-based survey explored factors associated with food insecurity (FI) among health sciences students during the COVID-19 pandemic. FI was assessed using the USDA 6-item tool. Multivariable logistic regression was used for data analyses. Of the 816 respondents, 74.7% were female and 22.1% were food insecure. An annual income of <$25,000, housing instability, use of a food pantry over the past 12 months, and receiving financial support from family were independently associated with increased odds of being food insecure even after adjusting for other covariates. Further research exploring FI screening and interventions among health sciences university students is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-797
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • college students
  • food security
  • health sciences students
  • university students

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