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Project Title

Ad-Vance Kids: A Community-Engaged Approach to Inform a Rural, Multi-Level Community-Based Child Obesity Prevention Intervention

Funding Dates



Effective interventions to reduce child obesity in rural areas are greatly needed, and there is a growing emphasis on multi-level community-based interventions. Multi-level community-based interventions are population-based approaches that expose entire communities to obesity prevention efforts. They target change at multi-level factors (individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy) that constrain children from engaging in healthy weight behaviors in community settings. This project will develop a multi-level community-based intervention to prevent childhood obesity in Vance County, North Carolina. Methods include focus groups, interviews, and direct observation of child care programs. Through this mixed methods approach, the team will identify community needs and assets. Community partners and the research team will then design an intervention through a collaborative charrette process. The findings from this project could be used to provide a useful model for intervening in other rural southeastern communities similar to Vance County.

Research Areas

Cardiovascular Health, Obesity and Diabetes
Children’s Health
Rural Health

Principal Investigator

Temitope Erinosho, PhD


NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development