Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
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.
Talavera, Genesis, "Needs Assessment: A Food Pharmacy during the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2020). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1087.