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Nursing Grand Rounds – Finding the Oasis in Food Deserts: Food Access Awareness and Budget Conscious Nutrition

Food is medicine and can determine the outcomes of many of our patients. Access to food can be an issue and food deserts are often overlooked. Join us for a discussion regarding food deserts in NH and VT and how we, as clinicians, can assist our patients in utilizing the resources at hand to meet their nutritional needs.

Activity Date:
Start Date:   October 12, 2021
End Date:  October 12, 2024
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  • Amanda B. Fay, MSN, RN
    Clinical Educator, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital

There is no fee for this activity, but to receive contact hours you must register online and complete the online Attestation and Evaluation form (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of this learning activity, (at least 75% of participants) will be able to describe a food desert, including the distance and time that defines a food desert, in order to design a pragmatic nutritional disease patient teaching plan.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will award contact hour(s) for successful completion. In order to receive full contact hour credit for this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation 
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for this activity have reported NO financial relationship(s)* with ineligible companies**.

*A “financial relationship" includes employee, researcher (named as the PI), consultant, advisor, speaker, independent contractor (including contracted research), royalties or patent beneficiary, executive role, and/or an ownership interest (not including stocks owned in a managed portfolio).
** An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Bibliographic Sources
  • Barnes, T., Bell, B., Freedman, D., et. al. (2015). Do people really know what food retailers exist in their neighborhood? Examing GIS-based and perceived presence of retail food outlets in an eight-county region of South Carolina. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. 13:31-40.
  • Economic Research Service. Definitions of Food Security. Retrieved from USDA ERS -Definitions of Food Security
  • Dutko, P., VerPloeg, M., & Farrigan, T. (2012). Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts. A report from the Economic Research Service. Retrieved from Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts (usda.gov)

Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions of the activity or regarding accreditation: 

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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