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Food Insecurity: Assessing and Prescribing Food to Improve Health

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s), 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

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Karissa Merritt, DO
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 Learning Objectives:
Identify the difference between hunger and food insecurity
Identify correlators of food insecurity in a patient population
Identify the impacts of food insecurity on the health care system
Define Hunger Vital Signs as a food security screening tool
Explore applications to patient care
Explore barriers to implementation
Develop actionable steps to developing a food insecurity model in your practice
The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians and designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity.

The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

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All grievances should be in writing and should specify the nature of the grievance.  Initially, all grievances should be directed to MAOPS Executive Director, who will then forward said grievance to the Education & Convention Committee.  All grievances will receive an initial response in writing within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, then they can then submit a complaint in writing to the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.



Karissa Merritt, DO's Profile

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Dr. Karissa Merritt was born and raised in Saint Joseph, Missouri, where she knew that she was passionate about people and their care from a young age. She spent much of her undergraduate career at the University of Denver but graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She decided to pursue medicine at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she received her DO degree in 2018.

She is completing her third year as a Chief Resident at Cox Family Medicine Residency. She lives in Nixa, Missouri, with her husband, Seth, and their dopey but precious dog, Henry. Her other interests include fitness and exercise, adventuring in the Ozarks and across the world (as COVID allows), spending time with friends and family, and good food. 

Professionally, she is passionate about wellness, access to quality food as preventive health care, and addressing socioeconomic barriers to care. She is also particularly interested in mental health in primary care.

Over the past 18 months, she has developed a soon-to-be system-wide food insecurity screening initiative, which has opened the doors to much learning, relationship-building, and the development of new community resources.

Dr. Merritt discloses that she has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of her presentation.

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