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Protocol for the Rhode Island CORD 3.0 Study: Adapting, Testing, and Packaging the Family-Based Childhood Obesity Program in Low-Income Communities.

Jelalian E, Evans W, Darling KE, Seifer R, Vivier P, Goldberg J, Wright C, Tanskey L, Warnick J, Hayes J, Shepard D, Tuttle H, Elwy AR. Protocol for the Rhode Island CORD 3.0 Study: Adapting, Testing, and Packaging the Family-Based Childhood Obesity Program in Low-Income Communities. Childhood obesity (Print). 2021 Sep 1; 17(S1):S11-S21.

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Overweight and obesity in children is a public health crisis in the United States. Although evidence-based interventions have been developed, such programs are difficult to access. Dissemination of evidence-based pediatric weight management interventions (PWMIs) to families from diverse low-income communities is the primary objective of the CDC Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) projects. The goal of the Rhode Island CORD 3.0 project is to adapt the evidence-based PWMI, , for delivery among diverse families from low-income backgrounds and to test it in a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial design in which the aims are to examine implementation and patient-centered outcomes. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years with BMI = 85th percentile and a caregiver will be recruited through two settings, a federally qualified health center, which serves as a patient-centered medical home, or low-income housing. Dyads will receive a remotely delivered group-based intervention that is 10 months in duration and includes 16 weekly sessions, followed by 4 biweekly and 4 monthly meetings. Assessments of child and caregiver weight status and child health-related quality of life will be conducted at baseline, and at 4 and 10 months after the start of intervention. Implementation outcomes assessing intervention acceptability, adoption, feasibility, fidelity, and penetration/reach will be collected to inform subsequent dissemination. If the adapted version of the intervention can be successfully implemented and is shown to be effective, this project will provide a model for a scalable PWMI for families from low-income backgrounds. no. NCT04647760.

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