It has been such an honor to partner with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative. I am particularly proud of the work that my team and I have done in our community to serve the malnourished and food insecure population.
What started as a professional quality improvement project quickly became a passion for me. There is a direct correlation between malnutrition, food insecurity and mental wellness. Up to 50% of all patients are at risk for or are malnourished at the time of hospital admission, however only 7% are typically diagnosed with malnutrition during their hospital stay; thereby receiving appropriate care and interventions as part of their treatment.