Project: Food Security and Health Outcomes in the California Health Interview Survey
Award Year: 1999
Amount of award, fiscal 1999: $100,000.00
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Gail Harrison
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project's objectives are:
  • addition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Security Core Module to the planned California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) in order to obtain data suitable for investigating the relationships of household-level food insecurity and hunger to self-reported health status, health services utilization, dietary quality, and preventive health behaviors in a large multi-ethnic sample of California residents;
  • development of analysis plans for using the CHIS to explore the relationships described above for adults, children, and adolescents and within Hispanic, non-Hispanic White, Korean-, Chinese-, and African-American subgroups.
Preparation of the food security module (including translations into languages other than English) and training materials will commence in January 2000. The CHIS will survey 55,000 households drawn to be representative of the noninstitutionalized population of California and also to be suitable for county-level analyses. The CHIS offers several opportunities to advance our understanding of health correlates and consequences of food insecurity and hunger in the United States. It will be significantly larger than other health-related surveys that incorporate food security measures. The Economic Research Service is supporting this first phase of a larger project. A grant was awarded to The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles for the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, School of Public Health at a cost of $100,000 in fiscal 1999. Data collection of CHIS inclusive of the food security module will commence in November, 2000.
Topic: Food Security, Nutrition-Related Health Outcomes
Harrison, G., A. Stormer, D. Herman, and D. Winham. "Development of a Spanish-Language Version of the U.S. Household Food Security Module," The Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 133, Issue 4, April 2003.