The LB Collaborative Project is a joint effort between the UnidosUS/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, & Leadership Training, The Children’s Clinic (TCC), the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS), and the CSULB Statistical Consulting Group, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, to prevent childhood obesity among Hispanic/Latino (H/L) youth ages 6-11 in the City of Long Beach (LB) in Los Angeles County (LAC), California (CA). In LAC, racial/ethnic disparities exist in obesity and death from obesity-related causes among H/L. The majority of H/L families reside in low socio-economic status neighborhoods wherein there is an overwhelming disparity in health status compared to other neighborhoods. According to the latest LAC Health Survey (2007), H/L had almost double the adult obesity rates than non-Hispanic White counterparts (nHWs) (29.4% vs. 17.6%). Similarly, H/L youth in LAC experience higher rates of obesity (27.5%).

The program was developed to address increased rates of childhood overweight and obesity primarily through its family-level approach. It incorporates interactive nutrition education and activities wherein children learn to change their dietary and physical activity behaviors with support from their families. Nutrition-related topics and activities include cooking demonstrations, importance of the family meal, and breakfast consumption, among others.

Purpose: To reduce the prevalence of and prevent childhood obesity among Hispanic/Latino (H/L) youth, ages 6-11, in the city of Long Beach (LB), to reduce the short-term and long-term risks of cardio metabolic conditions.

Implementation: Family-centered approach

Target: 240 H/L families with children between 6-11 years of age (120 per condition)

Quasi-experimental study design, using the following curricula for intervention:

  • KidShape 2.0
  • Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) After School Physical Activity
  • Sanos Y Fuertes: Healthy & Strong

Funder: Office of Minority Health

The Children’s Clinic provides physician trainings on CLAS standards, annual wellness exams for the children, data collection of biomedical markers (blood sugar and cholesterol levels), and also serve as a strategy to screen for and address social determinants of health.

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) will collaborate by providing space for program implementation at the Center for Families and Youth and providing staff personnel to attend the Community Advisory Board.

The CSULB Statistical Consulting Group, Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be leading the evaluation of the data collected.

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CSULB Center for Latino Community Health

  • Mara Bird, PhD
  • Co-Investigator/Faculty Mentor
  • Diana Aguirre, MPH, CHES
  • Project Coordinator

The Children’s Clinic

  • Dr. Elisa Nicholas, MD
  • Co-Principle Investigator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Jennifer Ponce
  • Annissa Jaramillo

Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

  • Lara Turnbull

Evaluation Team

  • Dr. Olga Korosteleva, Ph.D.
  • Director, Statistical Consulting Group, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CSULB
  • Marco Ceballos
  • Undergrad Research Assistant
  • Statistical Consulting Group, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CSULB
  • Eva Lee
  • Student Consultant
  • Statistical Consulting Group, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CSULB

CSULB Graduate Research Assistants

  • Edith Romero, MPH (Candidate)
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Lucero Silva, MPH (Candidate)
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Kimberly Sanchez, MPH (Candidate)
  • Graduate Research Assistant