Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Ike Okosun

Second Advisor

Dr. Kim Ramsey-White


Context: Albuminuria, a clinical indicator of chronic kidney disease, has a high prevalence among the US population where approximately half of the people with this condition are women. In the US, most participants in food based government assistance programs are women who have food insecurity. Research indicates that obesity and diabetes, known risk factors for chronic kidney disease, are consequences of food insecurity.

Aim: The aim of this study is to examine racial-ethnic differences in the relationship between food insecurity and albuminuria in women who participated in the 2011-2012 NHANES.

Methods: Odds ratios from racial-ethnic specific multivariate logistic regression were used to determine the associations between food insecurity and albuminuria.

Results: Among all participants, black women had the highest rate of food insecurity at 36%. From multivariate analysis, it was determined that among non-Hispanic blacks that having albuminuria was associated (OR= 3.73 95% CI 1.47-9.44) with food insecurity. However, there was no statistically significant association between food insecurity and albuminuria (OR= 1.46 95% CI .501-4.261) for non-Hispanic whites.

Discussion: Significant racial-ethnic differences in the association between food insecurity and albuminuria were identified in Non-Hispanic black women. It is recommended that further studies be done to evaluate the biological basis of the relationship between albuminuria and food insecurity in black women. A public health intervention to improve food insecurity may help reduce the risk of albuminuria in black women.