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Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the fruit and vegetable prescription program in a pediatric clinic

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Irene Lieu; Mona Hanna-Attisha; Jenny LaChance (et al.)

Published: June 2022   Journal: Current Developments in Nutrition
Hurley Children's Clinic's novel fruit and vegetable prescription program aims to improve nutrition intake, household food security, and nutrition access. Children receive $15 prescriptions for fruits and vegetables redeemable at the Flint Farmers’ Market or through the mobile market, Flint Fresh, for a home delivered produce box. The COVID-19 pandemic has spread worldwide, resulting in a national decrease in pediatric visits. Children missed routine well-child and health maintenance visits, including necessary vaccinations and screenings. The aim of this evaluation is to better understand how the pandemic impacted the distribution and redemption of fruit and vegetable prescriptions.
Cite this research | Open access | Vol.: 6 | Issue: Supplement 1 | No. of pages: 1 | Language: English | Topics: Health, Nutrition | Tags: child health, child nutrition, community health, COVID-19 response, food policies, lockdown, social distance | Countries: United States
Community rapid assessment on COVID-19 end line report: behavioural findings and insights from 8 Eastern and Southern African countries
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Published: November 2021

The UNICEF Evaluation Office, in collaboration with Communication for Development (C4D) section in the UNICEF Programme Group and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, developed the Community Rapid Assessment (CRA) exercise as a way to measure the protective practices, health-seeking behaviours, coping strategies and emerging needs of individuals and households in relation to COVID-19. The primary objective was to provide UNICEF country offices valuable data to strengthen the evidence base and inform country-level programming in response to the pandemic. The CRA is also intended to contribute to UNICEF’s overall analytical agenda on COVID in an effort to better position this type work in the overall corporate efforts. Its findings have thus far provided a rich and much-needed picture of the behavioural component of the outbreak at the individual and community levels. In making use of time-series data – that is, the longitudinal data repeatedly captured over several waves of data collection – the CRA has also provided further opportunities to examine country- and region-specific trends over time. And because the CRA is a real-time exercise, analysis, visualization and interpretation of findings are already being used in several country-level fora to guide program changes. The long-term vision is to embed capacity for similar surveys within government data systems at the country level. This report presents early findings and insights from eight countries in Eastern and Southern Africa – namely Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan and Uganda.

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