Food Insecurity Among Adult Diabetes Patients at the San Francisco General Hospital Diabetes Clinic - A Quality Improvement Project

Investigator: Sanjana Marpadga, MS
Sponsor: Global Health Sciences Education

Location(s): United States


The prevalence of diabetes is rising at a rapid rate in the United States, with an estimated 29.1 million people currently living with the disease. Food insecurity serves as both a risk factor for diabetes and a barrier to proper management due to the important role of diet in controlling glycemic levels. San Francisco is home to over 42,000 people living with diabetes, about 25% of whom are served by the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Diabetes Clinic. Given SFGH’s large diabetes patient population, understanding the burden of food insecurity and the use of food resources is crucial. In this study, we aimed to 1) determine the prevalence of food insecurity at SFGH’s Diabetes Clinic, 2) evaluate the use and accessibility of

Mentors: Alicia Fernandez, MD & Elizabeth Murphy, MD, DPhil