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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.02 - Community Nursing Students Food Asset Mapping Project

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Teaching student nurses how to navigate the system to facilitate people’s access to resources for health is challenging for nurse educators. Access to food is one of the basic human needs and is important as a social determinant of health (Buck-McFadyen, 2015; Johnson, Williams, & Gillis, 2015; Roncarolo, Adam, Bisset, & Potvin, 2015). As part of their Community and Family Health Nursing placement, undergraduate nursing students worked with a graduate student from the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory and a neighbourhood family centre in a food asset mapping project to explore where food was available to residents of an urban neighbourhood. Nursing students also interviewed residents to learn about their experience in accessing food for themselves and their families. The information on food sources was mapped to indicate the location and cost of food available in the neighbourhood. Critical analysis of the residents’ food stories identified barriers to food security as well as strategies individuals used to access food for themselves and their families. The food asset map and residents’ food stories were shared with the community residents and service providers. This project increased students’ knowledge of community resources and increased student sensitivity to the issue of food insecurity. It promoted community capacity building by mapping food assets and developing a sustainable tool for families and service providers to assist in navigating the system when accessing food sources. A poster of this innovative teaching project will increase general awareness of the issue of food insecurity and the contribution of students’ work in community practice as well as provide opportunities for community members and academics to discuss and explore possible next steps for this project.

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Pat Bethune-Davies

Pat Bethune-Davies is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in community health and a broad range of experience in nursing education. She is the course lead in the Health Promotion and Caring for Families and Communities in the BScN Program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.
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Anne Lamesse

Anne Lamesse is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in outpost nursing and a broad range of experience in nursing education. She is the Year 2 Coordinator of the BScN Program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.


Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University

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