How Food Insecurity Feeds Diabetes

Originally Presented March 19, 2024 


Social determinants of health impact people with diabetes in many ways. For example, about 20% of individuals with diabetes face food insecurity, which leads to increased risk or poor management of diabetes. Diabetes is a complex condition, and people with diabetes face many challenges in managing it, including having access to and eating healthy foods. Black adults and people with low income are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes and more likely than whites to be food insecure (Walker et al. 2020).  This webcast will focus on how public health and healthcare providers can help address this important social determinant contributing to the incidence of diabetes and to disparities in diabetes.


  1. Walker RJ, Knapp RG, Dismuke-Greer CE, Walker RE, Ozieh MN, Egede LE. Lowering the impact of food insecurity in African American adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (LIFT-DM) - Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Dec;99:106206. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106206. Epub 2020 Nov 7. PMID: 33166622; PMCID: PMC7726093.

Target Audience

The public health and health care workforce.


How Food Insecurity Feeds Diabetes


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Tina Kim, MSPH
Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Health Equity and Human Rights, New York State Department of Health

Thomas Cannell, RN, CDCES
Brooklyn Hospital Center

Learning Outcome and Objectives

As a result of participation in this activity, the learner will have increased and enhanced their knowledge and competence on evidence-based strategies for mitigating food insecurity/social determinants impacting the incidence/disproportionate impact of diabetes across communities in New York State.

By the end of the activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how food insecurity can impact people with diabetes. 
  • Recognize evidence-based food insecurity, diabetes prevention and diabetes management programs that equitably reach communities with high rates of diabetes. 
  • Identify social risk factors for poor diabetes outcomes.
Activity Materials
Continuing Education Credits

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits

Each participant interested in CE credits must watch the activity, complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Criteria for Successful Completion: Learners must attend 100% of this activity to be awarded full continuing education credits /contact hours.


Disclosure Statements

None of the planners, moderator, and presenters have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any ineligible companies whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity. 


Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until March 31, 2027. 

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This offering is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until March 23, 2025.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until March 31, 2027.

Certified in Public Health

This event is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

This offering is approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

CPH Renewal Credits are offered until March 31, 2027.

Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate