The University of Pennsylvania and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania have taken obesity and obesity related diseases as the focus for """"""""An EXPORT Center of Excellence on Inner City Health."""""""" Housed in Penn's School of Medicine, the Center will foster cross-disciplinary research into environmental and behavioral strategies to reduce chronic illnesses and life-threatening conditions associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, asthma and other respiratory problems. It incorporates attention to critical social-structural, cultural, and psychosocial determinants of eating patterns and physical activity as two fundamental aspects of lifestyle that must be addressed if disparities are to be reduced. With local school, church and community organizations, the Center will facilitate health assessment in children and adults, support health initiatives in the African American and Latino communities, and encourage culturally competent practices that can better bring about collaboration between the health establishment and the inner city community. Within Penn, the proposed leadership involves the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and Arts & Sciences. An Administrative Core, jointly led by Penn and Cheyney investigators, will oversee and integrate the work of 8 interdisciplinary Cores--Research, Shared Resources in Cartographic Modeling, Research Design & Data Analysis, Behavioral & Cultural Methods, Training, Pilot/Feasibility Studies, Community Outreach & Information Dissemination, and Minority Health & Health Disparities Education. The core directors and investigators include a substantial component of both senior and junior faculty from underrepresented minority populations. Of special interest to Cheyney is faculty development; student engagement in research; and capacity building in the sciences and allied health professions that are critical to the mission of this historically Black institution. Special concerns of Penn are to increase minority presence in the health sciences and related fields; to provide a culturally-competent, community-involved academic experience for undergraduate, graduate and professional students; to integrate new knowledge and techniques into current research, teaching and health care delivery; and to strengthen the health component of an ongoing partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the urban West Philadelphia community.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Type
Comprehensive Center (P60)
Project #
5P60MD000209-04
Application #
6954656
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZMD1-TC (03))
Program Officer
Tabor, Derrick C
Project Start
2002-09-30
Project End
2007-07-31
Budget Start
2005-08-01
Budget End
2006-07-31
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2005
Total Cost
$1,252,656
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Pennsylvania
Department
Biostatistics & Other Math Sci
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
042250712
City
Philadelphia
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
19104
Kumanyika, Shiriki K; Morales, Knashawn H; Allison, Kelly C et al. (2018) Two-Year Results of Think Health! ¬°Vive Saludable!: A Primary Care Weight-Management Trial. Obesity (Silver Spring) 26:1412-1421
Huang, Shirley H; Parks, Elizabeth P; Kumanyika, Shiriki K et al. (2012) Child-feeding practices among Chinese-American and non-Hispanic white caregivers. Appetite 58:922-7
Parks, Elizabeth P; Kumanyika, Shiriki; Moore, Reneé H et al. (2012) Influence of stress in parents on child obesity and related behaviors. Pediatrics 130:e1096-104
Kumanyika, Shiriki K; Fassbender, Jennifer E; Sarwer, David B et al. (2012) One-year results of the Think Health! study of weight management in primary care practices. Obesity (Silver Spring) 20:1249-57
Kumanyika, Shiriki; Fassbender, Jennifer; Phipps, Etienne et al. (2011) Design, recruitment and start up of a primary care weight loss trial targeting African American and Hispanic adults. Contemp Clin Trials 32:215-24
Kranz, Sibylle; Mitchell, Diane C; Smiciklas-Wright, Helen et al. (2009) Consumption of recommended food groups among children from medically underserved communities. J Am Diet Assoc 109:702-7
Wright, Tracey B; Shults, Justine; Leonard, Mary B et al. (2009) Hypovitaminosis D is associated with greater body mass index and disease activity in pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus. J Pediatr 155:260-5
Hillier, Amy; Cole, Brian L; Smith, Tony E et al. (2009) Clustering of unhealthy outdoor advertisements around child-serving institutions: a comparison of three cities. Health Place 15:935-45
Magge, Sheela N; O'Neill, Kristen L; Shults, Justine et al. (2008) Leptin levels among prepubertal children with Down syndrome compared with their siblings. J Pediatr 152:321-6
Grier, Sonya A; Kumanyika, Shiriki K (2008) The context for choice: health implications of targeted food and beverage marketing to African Americans. Am J Public Health 98:1616-29

Showing the most recent 10 out of 23 publications