Childhood overweight and obesity represents the most common chronic condition in childhood and is associated with development of obesity as an adult as well as a lifetime risk of chronic conditions including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Diet and physical activity behaviors are the focus of public health and clinical strategies for primary and secondary prevention, yet interventions addressing influences at multiple levels have failed to alter child obesity trajectories and trends. Design solutions focused at critical points of decision can influence behaviors by making the healthy choice the easy choice. Design strategies have been used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to successfully reduce smoking and increase stair use, and have the potential to help families balance complex decisions about their children’s diet and activities as well as extend and transform existing clinical protocols. Point-of-decision design (PODD) has been explored by collaborator Dr. Nanda to promote healthy eating among overweight/obese college students. Additionally, Drs. Lee and Peterson are leading efforts to develop a learning health system at Michigan Medicine with the Department of General Pediatrics and its nine community-based primary care clinics which serve over 30,000 children, among whom ~8,000 are overweight or obese. Mutual interest in overweight/obesity make this cube formation a natural intersection as novel interventions to address childhood overweight/obesity that can be translated to the delivery system are desperately needed.
To address childhood overweight and obesity, we will utilize the PODD concept, taking a socio-ecological approach to prompt healthy decision-making in the many “micro-environments” families must navigate daily. We aim to: (1) understand how and where children and families make decisions about nutrition and physical activity on a daily basis; (2) synthesize design strategies implemented at these points-of-decision to prompt healthy decisions amongst the myriad choices that families face on a daily basis; and (3) generate intervention strategies utilizing PODD to promote healthy decision making among families of children with overweight and obesity. This innovative design work will combine the expertise of pediatricians, nutrition experts, and experts in healthcare design to develop intervention(s) addressing childhood overweight and obesity that can be tested in a pediatric primary care population. Preliminary results from these efforts may be used to pursue future extramural funding from NIH.
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The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) seeks innovative translational research projects that will ultimately have significant potential to improve patient and community health outcomes. The goal of this funding is to support interdisciplinary research teams in generating sufficient preliminary data to pursue future extramural funding and publication opportunities. We welcome research proposed at any stage of translation, including:
- preclinical research that aims to connect the basic science of disease with human medicine
- clinical research to better understand a disease in humans
- clinical implementation, involving the adoption of interventions demonstrated useful in the research environment into routine clinical care, and
- the study of health outcomes at the population level to determine the effects of diseases and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat them
MICHR will fund up to five Classic Cubes ($60K) and 13 Mini Cubes ($15K).
No unit or faculty contribution is required.
Project Submission Process
Interested faculty members please provide the following information to be considered for funding:
Click the Comments tab above, and post a project idea in the Mcubed website. Please do not exceed two paragraphs in length. Provide basic details about the proposed research.
Comment should also include:
- Three cube collaborators - faculty names and units. The team must include 3 faculty from at least 2 units, and 1 faculty member on each team must be from Medicine.
- Grant amount requested ($15K or $60K)
- Studies proposing cell or animal models should provide reasoning of how the research will lead to immediate next step studies in humans.
Comments will be accepted until May 15, 2019.
Note: Project duration is one year from the transfer of funds.
For additional questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Beth LaPensee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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