San Diego Hunger Coalition presents best practices to screen for hunger at the doctor’s office

SAN DIEGO, November 15, 2016 — With San Diego Hunger Coalition’s new Rx for CalFresh report, healthcare professionals in San Diego County and beyond are better equipped to identify patients struggling with hunger and connect them with the food assistance they need.

One in six people in San Diego County has limited or uncertain access to enough nutrition. Food insecurity poses a serious threat to health - and practitioners are beginning to recognize the important role that access to food plays in health outcomes. Unfortunately, medical professionals are often limited in their ability to identify and address food insecurity among patients.

The Rx for CalFresh report is a result of work by San Diego Hunger Coalition and its partners to train practitioners and pilot models for identifying and addressing food insecurity among patients in five distinct healthcare settings in San Diego County. The research focuses on connecting patients with assistance through CalFresh, a monthly supplement to a household’s food budget and one of the most effective anti-hunger programs available. The Hunger Coalition’s CalFresh outreach director, Amanda Schultz Brochu, is the principal author of the report.

“This promising research shows that, once we make practitioners aware of the important connection between food security and health, many are interested in screening for and addressing food insecurity,” said Anahid Brakke, executive director of San Diego Hunger Coalition and editor of the Rx for CalFresh report. “Integrating screenings and providing onsite support for patients to access food resources is not only an effective plan to fight hunger – it's a goal we can achieve.”

The report’s recommended models and best practices are based on multiple pilot programs based in San Diego. Those pilot programs where patients received CalFresh application assistance onsite had the highest rates of success.  The incorporation of food security screening and referral into electronic medical records was also identified as a best practice. 

“It is important for health care providers to screen for food insecurity and make appropriate referrals, particularly in low-income patient populations,” said doctor Sunny Smith of UCSD School of Medicine. “This is a topic not traditionally addressed in health care, yet it significantly impacts our patients and their health.  We had no idea what a big issue this was until we started asking about it routinely.”

The report aims to further engage and inspire organizations considering or interested in learning more about opportunities to integrate food security into healthcare settings. On December 14th, San Diego Hunger Coalition will bring together leaders in the healthcare and anti-hunger fields to discuss the report’s findings and discuss additional opportunities for collaboration.

To view the full report, please click here. To learn more about the San Diego Hunger Coalition and its solutions to food insecurity in San Diego, please visit
COASTER and Amtrak Service Will Not Operate in SD County September 10-11
August 26, 2016
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Oceanside, CA—The San Diego coastal rail corridor will experience a major closure on the weekend of September 10 and 11. There will be no COASTER or Amtrak service this weekend due to infrastructure improvements.
Additionally, passengers should be aware of the following:
  • Amtrak 796, which is scheduled to depart Oceanside on Friday night at 11:57 p.m., September 9, will not proceed further south. 
  • The special northbound Padres COASTER 699 train on Friday, September 9, will run as planned. 
  • The special northbound Padres COASTER 699 trains on Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, will be cancelled. 
This closure is the first of four upcoming weekend closures on the corridor. The other three will occur on consecutive weekends in October (8-9, 15-16, and 22-23). During this closure NCTD will replace track, as well as install new culvert crossings, and shore a bridge as part of the Mid-Coast Corridor Project.
Amtrak will continue service to and from the Oceanside Transit Center, but will not operate south of the station. Metrolink will also continue service to and from the Oceanside Transit Center. 
There will be no replacement bus service connecting COASTER stations. Alternatives for some COASTER passengers may include BREEZE Route 101 or MTS connections. Amtrak connecting bus service will require Amtrak reservations.
Coastal rail service will re-open for regularly scheduled service in time for the Monday morning commute. Passengers should note that trains may be delayed up to ten minutes on Monday, September 12.
Customers are urged to plan ahead and make alternative travel arrangements. For trip planning assistance, customers can contact NCTD Customer Service at 760-966-6500, or visit
About the North County Transit District
The North County Transit District is a public transportation agency providing 12 million passenger trips annually throughout North San Diego County and into downtown San Diego. NCTD's system includes BREEZE buses (with FLEX service), COASTER commuter trains, SPRINTER hybrid rail trains, and LIFT paratransit service. NCTD's mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services. For more information visit:

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