Date of Graduation

Summer 8-12-2020

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly L'Engle



The needs assessment report discusses the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on a low-income Hispanic/Latino population specifically for diabetic patients seeking food pharmacy services at a non-profit clinic in San Mateo County. Nutrition is an essential aspect of diabetes management, which can be challenging to obtain among low-income populations. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional challenges among the general population, making it more challenging for the diabetic low-income population. This project was undertaken to identify the effects COVID-19 has on the food pharmacy patients.


The needs assessment consisted of eleven in-depth interviews done in six week period. A demographic survey was given before the interview to assess the background of the participants.


A total of ten out of eleven participants reported challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants addressed diabetes-self management in their interviews. Results showed that eight out of eleven participants addressed financial challenges when asked about the food pharmacy services. Having the necessity was a motivator in seeking food pharmacy services, which nine out of the eleven participants discussed during the interviews.


Information about the COVID-19 pandemic is still emerging due to COVID-19 being a new disease (Kumar et al., 2020). According to Kumar et al. (2020), case-control studies have been conducted and have demonstrated that individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 who already have diabetes mellitus have increased mortality. In addition to health concerns, COVID-19 pandemic has brought up other concerns for participants in this needs assessment.