Poster Topical Area: Education & Teaching
Poster Board Number: 150
Objective: The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) 12th Street Health and Wellness Center (12th St. HWC) is a student-run free clinic. A diabetes-friendly food pantry serves as a teaching tool for students to educate patients about making healthy food choices. The purpose of this study was to create a nutrition education training video that would be effective in increasing food pantry volunteers’ nutrition knowledge and confidence in providing nutrition information to food pantry patrons.
Methods: A training video covering basic nutrition information and a sorting procedure for stocking food pantry shelves was developed to train an interprofessional group of students volunteering at the 12th St. HWC. An 11-item pre-post survey was designed to measure change in scores related to confidence in providing nutrition information (4 Likert-scale items), and nutrition knowledge (7 multiple choice items). Volunteers were recruited to participate through an email sent by the clinic Student Volunteer Coordinator. A paired-samples t-test was used to compare participants’ pre- and post-survey confidence scores. A Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to compare participants’ pre- and post-survey nutrition knowledge scores. Statistical significance was determined at a p-value of ≤0.05.
Results: Fifty-seven students responded to the invitation to participate and watched the training video. Thirty-three students completed the pre- and post-surveys. There was a significant difference (p<.005) between the mean confidence pre-survey score (14.3±3.2) and post-survey score (16.7±2.3). There was a significant difference (p<.001) between the median pre-survey nutrition knowledge score (9.0) and the post-survey score (8.0).
Conclusion: Results indicated the training video was an effective way to improve confidence in providing nutrition information to food pantry patrons and increase nutrition knowledge. A training video was a low cost, easily accessible, and effective way to prepare a group of interprofessional students to provide accurate nutrition education to at-risk populations served by the food pantry.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas