46GD – Leveraging Ongoing Home Visitation Programs to Address Obesity Disparities among Underserved, Low-Income Mothers and Children (HABITS)

Status: Filled – Intern: Timberly Washington
Intern: Timberly Washington
Faculty Name: gareth-r-dutton
UAB Department: Department of Medicine/Division of Preventive Medicine
UAB School: School of Medicine
Campus Address: 1717 11th Avenue South, Medical Towers 615
Telephone Number: (205) 934-6876
Email: gdutton@uabmc.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 3 or more
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control and Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 2
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Camille Schneider-Worthington
2. Janice Phillips
Title of Project: 46GD – Leveraging Ongoing Home Visitation Programs to Address Obesity Disparities among Underserved, Low-Income Mothers and Children (HABITS)
Project Description:

This study addresses obesity and health-related disparities among socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers and their young children enrolled in federally-funded home visitation programs. This is important because low-income and racial/ethnic minority mothers and their young children are especially at-risk of obesity. The lack of access to evidence-based obesity efforts further contributes to these disparities. The proposed randomized controlled trial tests the effectiveness of (1) a simple, evidence-based and ecologically relevant obesity intervention (HABITS) delivered as part of ongoing home visitation services, compared to (2) the existing home visitation curriculum without obesity-related content on mothers’ and children’s obesity risks. HABITS focuses on habit formation and modifications to the food/activity home environment to promote changes in the targeted weight-related behaviors.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 4, 2020
Proposed End Date: August 28, 2020
Expected work schedule for intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule (as for students who are instructed how to proceed and are permitted to work independently with weekly guidance) and should contribute full-time effort.
Category of Project: Clinical (Patient Care) Research
Cancer topic: Diet and Nutrition, Obesity
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Prepare and coordinate assessments and data collection visits


Data entry and data management


Assist with preparation and refinement of intervention materials

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following:
Office or desk space, Computer and printer, Supplies needed to complete project, Equipment needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications
related to this summer research project:
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience:
Interview Skills, Minorities and Health, Nutrition Sciences, Obesity and Diet