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Project Title

Engaging Immigrant Latino Families and Community Stakeholders to Reduce Disparities in Child Obesity

Project Summary

Obesity disparities disproportionately affect Latino children. Latino children have among the highest rates of early childhood overweight and obesity of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S. To address the gap between the recommended treatment for childhood obesity and patient/family-centered intensive childhood weight management, a key Patient Centered Outcome Research method (PCOR) is being utilized in creation of a stakeholder network.

Baltimore Latino-serving organizations, Latino families, healthcare providers and payers as well as researchers comprise the stakeholder network. The network will come together in various subcommittees to generate a strategic action plan which will include recommendations for patient/family centered intensive weight management programs.

The goal of this project is to evaluate the engagement and effectiveness of the stakeholder network. The evaluation will be conducted by using survey tools to determine whether the subcommittee partnership goals are equitable, and if the research questions are being properly addressed by the subcommittees.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Funder
Polk, Sarah – MD, ScM PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
Department Project Start Date
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 9/1/2018
Co – Principal Investigator Project End Date
DeCamp, Lisa Ross – MD, MSPH 10/1/2021
Other Co – Principal Investigators Team Members
N/A Acosta, Jennifer – MPH
Guerrero Vazquez, Monica – MPH, MS
Contact Information
Email: jacosta@jhmi.edu
Phone: 410-550-4361


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