Moving Beyond Effectiveness: Addressing Childhood Obesity Disparities with Translational Research
Childhood obesity prevalence is a national public health priority. Of particular concern is the persistence of obesity-related disparities for low income and minority children, including those in medically underserved regions. Despite the promise and large body of evidence for effective childhood obesity prevention and treatment interventions, there is little evidence these programs have been systematically translated into real-world settings. This session addresses this “translation gap.” Specifically, this session provides an overview of translational research concepts, contextualized to childhood obesity initiatives, and with emphasis on the dissemination and implementation (D&I) approaches. Importantly, this session will provide case study examples of on-going childhood obesity interventions that apply robust D&I strategies in real-world clinical- and community-based settings. This session is designed to provide nutrition professionals with advanced applied knowledge needed to plan and execute obesity-related D&I strategies. The ultimate goal of this session is to elevate the role of the nutrition professional in addressing childhood obesity disparities through application of D&I strategies in their own practice-based settings.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to explain at least three dissemination and implementation frameworks that can guide childhood obesity-related initiatives.
- Summarize key outcomes to assess when applying dissemination and implementation approaches in childhood obesity-related initiatives.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to explain the application of rigorous dissemination and implementation methods in real-world clinical and community-based settings.
- 12.4.4 Identifies and implements strategies
for reaching individuals and populations in
collaboration with stakeholders.
- 9.1.1 Demonstrates and applies age-appropriate
- 12.5.5 Presents evaluation findings, outcomes and
recommendations to stakeholders to promote
change and/or substantiate program.
Linda Snetselarr, PhD, RD
University of Iowa
Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD
Professor of Public Health Sciences
University of Virginia
Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD
Professor, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
University of Tennessee