Community Engaged Research (CEnR) awards emphasize the community’s critical role in developing and translating knowledge into improvement in health. Proposals required involvement of a community partner in all aspects of the study plan, from design and execution to interpretation and dissemination of results.
Following a review of letters of intent, SYNERGY invited three full applications for review. After a detailed review, the CEnR pilot proposal chosen for funding is:
“Foundations of Fitness: A Clinic-Community Partnership to Address Pediatric Obesity.”
Auden C. McClure, MD (PI, Department of Pediatrics and of Community and Family Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute) and Diane Gilbert-Diamond, ScD (Co-PI, Department of Epidemiology and of Community and Family Medicine) have been funded to conduct this study in collaboration with community partner Shelby Gile (Co-PI, Executive Director of the Carter Community Building Association).
This study will assess whether a community-delivered lifestyle program offered in addition to primary care obesity management to promote child health is feasible, acceptable, effective, and easily implemented in a rural care setting.
Unique to Community Engaged Research, the review committee is balanced including membership of specially trained non-scientist community members serving alongside academic researchers. These community members contribute equally to the review of each proposal and ensure that the proposals address the intent and purpose of community-engaged research supported by SYNERGY. Please join us in congratulating the research team and community partner!