Communities for healthy living of the capital region
The Communities for Healthy Living case study (2) takes place within the context of a study funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of NIH, which funded 6 research studies utilizing CBPR in the development of interventions addressing health disparities. Because the studies were funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, each was constrained to a rapid two-year timeline to develop and pilot test the intervention. The goal of this study was to develop and pilot test a childhood obesity intervention for low-income families using a CBPR approach to actively engage parents across three phases, Phase 1: Partnership development, Phase 2: Community assessment and intervention development, and Phase 3: Intervention implementation and evaluation. The family-centered intervention targeted parent/caregivers with children participating in Head Start programs in Rensselaer County, NY (about 500 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old) for childhood obesity prevention. Rensselaer County, in Upstate New York, has areas designated as Medically Underserved Areas (6), and 28% of all families with children under age 5 living below the poverty level (7).
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Explain specific strategies used to engage low-income parent/families in a participatory intervention research process as experts or co-researchers. In addition, CHL academic researchers will present the theory used and measures of the evaluation of the participatory process of engaging parents. Identify lessons learned, assess the challenges they experienced participating, and explain from their perspective, why involving parents in research that impacts low-income families is so important.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 7 years of experience leading and nearly 12 years total experience conducting Community-Based Public Health research. I am an expert in health disparities and community-based intervention research employing participatory strategies to engage vulnerable populations in the research process. My publications and grant funded research focuses on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), social and cultural determinants of health care utilization and chronic disease prevention among low income and underrepresented women.
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.