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Low-income Hispanic children in Colorado are at high risk for overweight or for obesity, with weight issues beginning early in a child’s life. Despite this, Hispanic children and their families are often not engaged in identifying and solving the issues that contribute to the high prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity. Moreover, most obesity prevention efforts focus on children ages 5 and older. It is well documented that changing behaviors later in a child’s life is much more difficult, especially if they already are overweight or obese. By the time the child is 5 years old, behavior patterns for the child and parenting patterns for parents or caregivers are well established.
Children’s Hospital Colorado and its community partners are committed to developing culturally relevant interventions to prevent these health disparities among low-income Hispanic children from birth to 5 years old. Children’s Colorado will serve as the lead organization, and will engage hospital staff, faculty from the University of Colorado, community partners, and patient families to deepen the understanding of the challenges faced by low-income Hispanic parents of children ages birth to 5 with respect to establishing and maintaining a healthy weight.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Resource Institute Pipeline-to-Proposal Award (PCORI) provides Children's Colorado with the exciting opportunity to work with families and our partners in the community to understand how we can more effectively support low income Hispanic families in achieving a healthy weight in children under the age of five.
*This project was partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline-to-Proposal Award, administered on behalf of PCORI by Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment.
For more information or inquires on how to get involved with this project: firstname.lastname@example.org.