Cover: Development and Implementation of a School-Based Obesity Prevention Intervention

Development and Implementation of a School-Based Obesity Prevention Intervention

Lessons Learned from Community-Based Participatory Research

Published In: Progress In Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, v. 3, no. 3, Fall 2009, p. 249-255

Posted on 2009

by Kimberly E. Uyeda, Laura M. Bogart, Jennifer Hawes-Dawson, Mark A. Schuster

BACKGROUND: National, state, and local policies aim to change school environments to prevent child obesity. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) can be effective in translating public health policy into practice. OBJECTIVES: We describe lessons learned from developing and pilot testing a middle school-based obesity prevention intervention using CBPR in Los Angeles, California. METHODS: We formed a community-academic partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion to identify community needs and priorities for addressing adolescent obesity and to develop and pilot test a school-based intervention. LESSONS LEARNED: Academic partners need to be well-versed in organizational structures and policies. Partnerships should be built on relationships of trust, shared vision, and mutual capacity building, with genuine community engagement at multiple levels. CONCLUSION: These lessons are critical, not only for partnering with schools on obesity prevention, but also for working in other community settings and on other health issues.

This report is part of the RAND external publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.