221456 Report of the Design, Implementation and Preliminary Results of a Community Based Project in a Health Disparate Community in Rural New Mexico

Monday, November 8, 2010

Elizabeth Gilbert, EdD , Community Health, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health, Greeley, CO
Ina Burmeister, MA , Administration - Development, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Gallup, NM
Sharon Shields, PhD , Department of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Laurel Lunn, MEd , Department of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Neal Palmer, BS , Department of Human & Organizational Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Nora Testerman, BA, MPH Student , Community Health Program, Colorado School of Public Health, Greeley, CO
Teresa Sharp, PhD , School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Section of Nutrition, University of Colorado - Denver, Aurora, CO
Pediatric obesity disproportionally affects communities with high minority populations, and rural communities often lack resources to support healthy lifestyles required to prevent chronic disease risk development in children. This project involves a collaborative partnership between a community hospital, multiple community-based organizations and four academic institutions (Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver, University of Northern Colorado and Vanderbilt University) in a predominantly American Indian community in the Southwest, and provided an immersive, community-focused educational experience for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students from each of the academic institutions. This mixed-method project used surveys, focus groups, community mapping, interviews and clinical assessment of cardiovascular and type 2 diabetes risk to examine health disparities, social determinants impacting childhood health outcomes, and potential community-based intervention strategies to combat the long-term health burdens associated with pediatric obesity. A Community Advisory Council serves to provide input into the project, as well as identify next steps in implementing sustainable community-based intervention strategies that will help provide equitable access to healthy lifestyles for the next generation. This presentation focuses on the process involved in the design and implementation of this project. Its uniqueness is in the collaboration between multiple academic and community institutions, and the involvement of multiple student groups. We will also discuss how this project was an opportunity to reinforce, in a field experience, the content that students were presented in their respective classroom experiences, as well as present preliminary results found in both the clinical and environmental assessment portions of the study.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process of designing and implementing a project that involves multiple academic and community institutions. Discuss the issues involved in working in a community that is historically marginalized. Discuss quantitative and qualitative data collected.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Principal Investigator for this research project
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.