Carolina Nursing student awarded research grant for innovative food insecurity project

The UNC School of Nursing is proud to announce that Jean Hammer, MSN, RN, CNE, OCN, a Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner student, has been awarded the 2024 Alpha Alpha Chapter of STTI Research Grant. This grant will support Hammer’s doctoral quality improvement project titled “Food Insecurity Among Perinatal People with Substance Use Disorders: Integration of a Clinical Community Partnership”.

The project aims to address the critical issue of food insecurity among perinatal individuals with substance use disorders by integrating a clinical community partnership. Grant funds have been allocated towards the purchase of food gift cards for clients and their families in urgent need, with a specific focus on those identified as experiencing low and very low food insecurity levels according to USDA guidelines.

Hammer’s approach emphasizes empowering recipients with the flexibility to select food items that align with their dietary and cultural preferences. By providing food purchasing assistance, the project seeks to foster a sense of dignity and choice for individuals facing food insecurity during vulnerable periods.