Childhood obesity prevention is the focus of a number of UHI efforts. With a grant from the Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation, the Urban Health Initiative worked with foundation staff to plan and host the foundation’s second Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit, focused on the role of childcare settings in supporting children’s healthy development. That effort continues as an Early Childhood Wellness Task Force led by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
The Urban Health Initiative received a grant from the Hershey Foundation in 2014 that is being used to create an “app” to help child care staff to improve nutrition and physical activity in centers.
One way of stimulating new research is through Pilot Grants that are provided in partnership with the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health and with the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. Announcements of new funding opportunities will appear on the CTSC Pilot Grant website.