A Community-Academic Collaboration to Impact Childhood Obesity

By Ginny Langham.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Healthcare professionals are challenged with reversing the current childhood obesity epidemic as well as preventing its occurrence among future generations. This paper describes a community-academic partnership that implemented clinical guidelines in a medically underserved elementary school in Alabama. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, pretests, posttests, health screenings, and surveys were used to establish a screening and prevention program and to create a collaboration between a rural county school system and a local school of nursing university. Outcomes indicate this evidence-based, multi-pronged approach may accelerate the progress toward the prevention of childhood obesity.

Keywords: Childhood Obesity, Community-Academic Collaboration, Child Health, Public Health, Nursing Education, School-Based Health Intervention

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.43-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 28, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 585.104KB)).

Dr. Ginny Langham

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA