Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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What We Do


Projects, funding, findings

Salud con la Familia (Health with the Family)
State of Tennessee

Forty-one percent of Latino preschoolers started overweight; intervention children were twice as likely to achieve normal BMI compared to control after a 12 weekly skills-building program.

Salud America!
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Latino families exposed to community center programming were 4 times more likely to be using the center a year later than unexposed families with the same geographic access. Developed and tested a policy and program assessment for Parks with Latino family patrons.

Coleman Afterschool Program
Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity and Metabolism

Children in low-cost parks-based program were more active than children in school-based care. The gender gap was decreased between boys and girls in the amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Madre Sana, Bebe Sano (Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby)
American Heart Association, Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center

Developed and tested effective recruiting strategies with hard to reach populations and piloted a curriculum for a scaled-up follow-up study to reduce excess gestational weight gain in underserved mothers.

Madre Sana, Embarazo Sano (Healthy Mother, Healthy Pregnancy)
State of Tennessee

Compared to usual care (47 percent), fewer normal-weight women (7 percent) exceeded healthy weight gain recommendations during pregnancy.

CASTLES at Hadley Park
State of Tennessee

Trained Parks staff to use a curriculum promoting physical activity to reduce obesity disparities in at-risk communities. Resulted in policy change rerouting school buses to transport children directly to the community center after school every day.

Growing Right Onto Wellness - GROW
National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Largest and longest prevention study with 610 families of underserved preschoolers at-risk for obesity. Resulted in new sustainable, evidence-based programs for Parks and Library partners with increased patrons using existing built environment and community resources.

National Institutes of Health

Assessing the link between maternal weight gain during pregnancy and child BMI postpartum among women who became pregnant during the GROW trial.

Adapting a Prevention Treatment Project - ADAPT
National Cancer Institute

Tested a process to export the Healthier Families evidence-based, family-focused, community-centered healthy-living curriculum for Parks sites to three diverse states: Georgia, Michigan and Nevada.

Competency-based Approaches to Community Health - COACH
National Institutes of Health

Evaluating a childhood obesity prevention intervention based on a personalized, competency-based model adapted from the learning sciences.

Teaching Kitchen Outreach - TKO
Andrew Allen Charitable Foundation

Implementation science: building an exportable, scaling-up program of hands-on healthy-eating and cooking skills-building sessions for families with children in the setting of Parks after-school programs. Reach is over 500 children, across all 25 Parks centers in Nashville, with 25 trained Parks staff facilitators and master trainers to build and sustain internal capacity.

Last Edited: May 10, 2018
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