234815 Follow up to mobilizing community based organizations to address obesity: Our Communities, Our Solutions in 2010

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mandy J. Hill, DrPH, MPH , Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health, Medical School, Houston, TX
Jasmine Opusunju, MEd , Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Health, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
Niobli Armah IV , Young Professionals, Houston Area Urban League, Houston, TX
Amanda Edwards, JD , Young Professionals, Houston Area Urban League, Houston, TX
Misha Granado, MPH, MS , Emergency Medicine, University of Texas-Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Tiffany Thomas, MCD , Young Professionals, Houston Area Urban League, Houston, TX
Mary Welch, RN, BSN , Health and Wellness Initiative, Houston Area Urban League, Houston, TX
Judson Robinson , Houston Area Urban League, Houston, TX
Purpose: To explore existing thought patterns and lived experiences about eating habits and daily activity of African American (AA) children at risk for childhood obesity, acquire an in-depth explanation of participants' attitudes and norms towards factors related to childhood obesity and explore rationales for differences between children and parental perspectives of ideal health.

Method: Using a Community Based Participatory Research (CPBR) framework, the HAUL team facilitated 10 focus groups with children and 10 with their parents, and all were community members accessing HAUL services.

Results: At the time of submission, 6 focus groups have been completed (28 participants, 14 children, 14 adults). The primary themes identifying differences in responses of parents and children address proximity of access to healthy food choices, food type consumed by children regularly, and children's preference for fast food versus home cooked meals. These themes will guide the development of the “UT-HAUL Healthy Houston Initiative”, a pilot program seeking to increase healthy decision making and access to wellness services among AAs.

Conclusions: “UT-HAUL Healthy Houston Initiative” is the initial course of action in addressing societal factors, renowned for breeding social injustice commonplace in AA populations. The evidence confirms a ‘disconnect' between parental versus children's perspectives regarding childhood obesity predictors; thus, interventions must address this fact. Our goal is to expand the Urban League movement's efficacy by identifying data that will combat the influence of childhood obesity risk factors, while strengthening the core of the communities we serve.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. To evaluate if there are differences in perspectives of parents in comparison to their children, as it relates to the child's behavior and risk factors of childhood obesity. 2. To quantify social norms of communities within the Houston metropolitan area that may support health behaviors that contribute to childhood obesity.

Keywords: African American, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator for the study of which the data presented originated.
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.