Title of Presentation

Engaging community partners to develop a study protocol for assessing child eating behaviors in a community setting

Presenter Biography

Lourdes Gonzalez, MPH Candidate (OHSU - PSU School of Public Health)

Institution

OHSU

Program/Major

Health Promotion

Degree

MPH

Presentation Type

Poster

Room Location

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296/8

Start Date

April 2019

End Date

April 2019

Abstract

Significance

Eating in the absence of hunger (EAH), the inability to regulate the consumption of palatable foods following a satiating meal, is linked to childhood obesity. EAH is a laboratory-based metric understudied in community settings, especially for low-income, ethnically diverse children.

Aims

1: To develop community outreach and engagement strategies for a study to understand preschooler eating habits.

2: To modify the EAH protocol and maternal survey for a low-income, ethnically diverse study population

Methods and Results

Community-based outreach strategies included partnering with Earl Boyles Elementary School and Children’s Institute to engage two Community Advisors and six Data Collectors who work within the community. In collaboration with community partners, participant recruitment strategies were designed around school and community events and groups. Participant recruitment flyers, a survey instrument, and consent forms were developed in English and Spanish. An abridged and accessible research and ethics training tool was adapted to train data collectors. Community input was used to alter the EAH protocol to reflect foods commonly consumed in the community, and survey questions to be culturally sensitive.

Conclusion

Community engagement and outreach strategies contributed to a culturally informed study protocol, survey instrument, consent form, recruitment material, and data collection tools. The adapted study protocol will be a valuable tool for future research efforts seeking a better understanding of how demographic and environmental factors influence EAH in communities disproportionately affected by childhood obesity and adult disease.

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Engaging community partners to develop a study protocol for assessing child eating behaviors in a community setting

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296/8

Significance

Eating in the absence of hunger (EAH), the inability to regulate the consumption of palatable foods following a satiating meal, is linked to childhood obesity. EAH is a laboratory-based metric understudied in community settings, especially for low-income, ethnically diverse children.

Aims

1: To develop community outreach and engagement strategies for a study to understand preschooler eating habits.

2: To modify the EAH protocol and maternal survey for a low-income, ethnically diverse study population

Methods and Results

Community-based outreach strategies included partnering with Earl Boyles Elementary School and Children’s Institute to engage two Community Advisors and six Data Collectors who work within the community. In collaboration with community partners, participant recruitment strategies were designed around school and community events and groups. Participant recruitment flyers, a survey instrument, and consent forms were developed in English and Spanish. An abridged and accessible research and ethics training tool was adapted to train data collectors. Community input was used to alter the EAH protocol to reflect foods commonly consumed in the community, and survey questions to be culturally sensitive.

Conclusion

Community engagement and outreach strategies contributed to a culturally informed study protocol, survey instrument, consent form, recruitment material, and data collection tools. The adapted study protocol will be a valuable tool for future research efforts seeking a better understanding of how demographic and environmental factors influence EAH in communities disproportionately affected by childhood obesity and adult disease.