Children's Mercy One of Five to Receive CDC Childhood Obesity Award
A team from Children's Mercy have been selected as co-investigators on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration cooperative agreement for the next five years.
The team of Sarah Hampl, MD, Meredith Dreyer Gillette, PhD, and Jordan Carlson, PhD, are one of five teams across the U.S. to receive this award. The study involves packaging and piloting family-based behavioral treatment for five to 12 year-olds with obesity, insured by Missouri Medicaid in Children’s Mercy’s and Freeman’s Primary Care Clinics. Based on family feedback, the treatment package will then be refined and a plan for dissemination and sustainability will be created.
The study team, led by Denise Wilfley, MD, from Washington University, also includes Freeman Health System in Joplin, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Northwestern University and the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.
The project extends the work of the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, which led the creation of statewide childhood obesity treatment and prevention recommendations, along with Washington University and the University of Missouri-Extension’s Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition. These groups continue to collaborate with state government, academic and community partners to guide the implementation of these recommendations across the state.
Children’s Mercy Kansas City is ranked as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals” in nine specialties rated by U.S. News & World Report and has received MagnetTM recognition for excellence in nursing services five consecutive times. With 386 licensed beds and a medical staff of more than 750 pediatric subspecialists, we care for children from all 50 states and from around the world. In addition, our leadership in pediatric genomic medicine and individualized pediatric therapeutics is driving research and innovation in neonatology, nephrology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, heart, cancer and other subspecialties to transform outcomes for children. Children’s Mercy also is nationally recognized for innovation in psychosocial care and creating a family-centered environment focused on the unique needs of hospitalized children and their families. Our love for children powers everything we do, inspiring our research, innovations and our everyday care. Because love has no limits. And with it, neither do we.