Kansas City's Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition seeks to
become a leading voice in the local, regional and national movement to
prevent and treat childhood obesity. As a comprehensive pediatric center, our primary
goal is to contribute new knowledge regarding pediatric obesity and
nutrition ranging in scope from its biological origins to its societal
impact. Research currently conducted in the Center includes
evidence-based, comprehensive studies of the assessment of behavior,
nutrition and physical activity interventions on prevention and
treatment, the development and analysis of public policy pertaining to
pediatric obesity, the development of programs to engage communities,
and the provision of leadership regarding education related to obesity
prevention and treatment. We also offer many excellent clinical programs, including PHIT Kids, Zoom to Health, Healthy Hawks and our Weight Management clinics. Weighing In, a community collaborative, is also a key program at the Center, as is the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative.
Future directions for research will include
relevant genomics pertaining to obesity and its association with
secondary disease processes and the impact of chronic over- and
under-nutrition on drug disposition and action. We are committed to
reaching all children in our area, especially those in underserved,
ethnic minority, low-income communities, and in assisting others to do
Kansas City's Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition represents an
extension of the committed collaboration in the area of pediatric
obesity research between two neighboring institutions who serve the
health needs of children across the bi-state region of Missouri and
Kansas. Supported by a state-of-the-art facility, researchers at the
University of Kansas Medical Center and the Children's Mercy Hospital
lead a wide range of childhood obesity treatment and prevention
initiatives designed to benefit children, families and communities. The
Center is poised to serve as a leader for pediatric obesity research in
the Midwest and as a centralized resource for community members,
academic and business leaders who are interested in arresting the
current rates of childhood obesity and moving forward to ensure the
healthy lifestyles and nutrition of all children.
Dr. Ann Davis
is a pediatric psychologist who is passionate about the intersection
between behavioral principles and eating/nutrition. The core of her work focuses on
pediatric obesity in urban and rural children, and is treatment outcome focused. She
is also interested in behavioral principles as they apply to young children who do
not eat enough to sustain a healthy weight.
Dr. Brooke Sweeney is a Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric Physician and the Medical Director of Weight Management services at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Nationally, she is on the Governance Board of POWER (Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry) and the Associate Director of POWER Recruitment. Dr. Sweeney is active in the Weight Management Expert Exchange of the Children's Hospital Association/American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. Her clinical expertise is in prevention and treatment of chronic disease, weight management, and clinical care for children with obesity. Her research interests include improving the effectiveness of weight management clinics, transitional care, and using a national registry to improve pediatric weight management.
Dr. Amy Beck
is a clinical psychologist at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and an Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Dr. Beck primarily provides psychological services for families involved in
multidisciplinary weight management treatment. She is particularly interested in the
impact of psychosocial factors in the etiology and maintenance of pediatric obesity.
Dr. Meredith Dreyer
is a pediatric psychologist at Children's Mercy Hospitals and
Clinics and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas
City School of Medicine. She works primarily in the treatment and prevention of
childhood obesity, with a special emphasis on the challenges that are encountered
among parents of young children and those with special needs such as Autism Spectrum
Disorders or Down Syndrome.
Dr. Sarah Hampl
is a member of the Section of General Pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Medicine. Dr. Hampl works in the areas of childhood obesity treatment, prevention, healthcare professional education and community and statewide advocacy.
Dr. Cara Hoffart
is a pediatric rheumatologist at Children's Mercy Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University
of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Hoffart specializes in pediatric pain amplification syndromes.
Dr. Dustin Wallace
is a pediatric psychologist at Children's Mercy Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University
of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Wallace specializes in pain management, pediatric pain rehabilitation and acceptance
Dr. Amanda Bruce
uses functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to conduct research on how the
brain is involved in childhood obesity. She is also interested in the ability to delay
gratification and how this contributes to obesity.
Dr. Leon Greene
is a faculty member in the Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences
Department at the University of Kansas. During the last 10 years, he has been
involved with research projects involving school age children that studied nutrition
and physical activity intervention programs as well as examining the relationship of
physical activity to academic achievement. He has trained a number of educators on
how to use physical activity to deliver academic lessons.
Dr. Debra Sullivan
is Department Chair of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical
Center and the Midwest Dairy Council Professor in Clinical Nutrition. Her research
focuses on prevention and treatment of obesity and its co-morbid conditions. She also
maintains a nutrition assessment laboratory in order to conduct measurement of dietary
intake and body composition.
Dr. Susana Patton
is a pediatric psychologist. Her research focuses on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease-related complications
through diet, a healthy lifestyle, and improved adherence to medical treatment for children living with chronic illness. The core
of her work centers on children with type 1 diabetes mellitus and she is conducting both treatment outcome and descriptive studies.
Dr. Patton is also interested in child eating behaviors as they relate to child nutrition and overweight and she has an interest
in research related to the treatment of common childhood digestive problems, including constipation.
Dr. Jennifer Lundgren's
primary area of research is on night eating syndrome (NES). She is
currently collaborating on a longitudinal family study of NES among children and parents
enrolled in QUALITY (QUebec Adiposity and Lifestyle InvesTigation in Youth), a study on
the prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents.
William (Bill) Black is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Missouri — Kansas City. His interests are in behavioral pediatric psychology and clinical child psychology. Bill's previous and current work has centered on issues pertaining to pediatric obesity, particularly obesity-specific health-related quality of life, impulsivity, and children's ability to make future oriented decisions. Additionally, Bill recently completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Disabilities (LEND) program at the University of Kansas, where he received training in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. At the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition, Bill is helping to complete a study evaluating meal-time behaviors in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and how meal-time behaviors are related to physical (e.g., weight) and dietary (e.g., caloric intake) outcomes.
Kelsey Briggs Borner is a graduate student in the Clinical Child Psychology doctoral program at the University of Kansas. Kelsey is primarily interested in the effectiveness of pediatric obesity interventions for weight-related change, health-related quality of life, and symptoms of mood disorders. Kelsey is currently investigating the relations between physical activity, quality of life, and mood, in the treatment of obesity.
Teresa Yeong-Yi Pan is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Kansas. Her primary research interests are in common comorbidities that occur with obesity and eating disorders, such as depression. Teresa's previous work was supported by the University of Kansas's Psychology Strategic Initiative Grant and Doctoral Student Research Fund, and explored cognitive and neural processing of facial size and valence in depression and obesity. Her current work is evaluating the longitudinal relationship between weight and depression in children and adolescents. Teresa also plans to evaluate how behavioral weight loss programs may affect symptoms of depression in parent-child dyads.
Kati Poppert is a doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. Her primary research interest within pediatric psychology is treatment outcome, specifically emphasizing the intersection between health and behavior. Her research includes a variety of pediatric populations using objective measures of behavior including fMRI, actigraphy, and neuropsychological tasks. Kati's current research involves functional neuroimaging to examine impulsivity in children and their mothers participating in a weight management program. She is also working on projects involving prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity.
Nora Sporn is a graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. Her primary interests are in health behaviors and health related quality of life for children and families, particularly related to overweight and obesity. Nora plans to pursue research related to adherence to health behavior change as well as biological, psychological, familial and socio-economic influences on childhood eating behavior and health related quality of life.
Children's Mercy Hospital
Director of Professional Services
Amy Wolf, MS, C-TAGME
Venise Mobley, RN, MSN, CPN
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, founded in 1897 with one bed, now serves as a
314-bed comprehensive pediatric medical center serving children from throughout western
Missouri, eastern Kansas and the Midwest. We are the only freestanding pediatric
hospital system between St. Louis and Denver, Omaha and Little Rock. Our institution
consists of two pediatric acute care hospitals, primary and specialty care clinics,
outreach clinics, and a transport program named 2007 Transport Program of the Year by
the Association of Air Medical Services. Throughout its 113-year history, the hospital
has been steadfast in its policy of providing care to all children, regardless of their
family's ability to pay. On average, nearly half of all children served at the hospital
receive Medicaid or are uninsured. In FY 2009, Children's Mercy provided pediatric
specialty care to more than 1,000 children every day, with a total of 14,621 inpatient
admissions, over 301,428 outpatient clinic visits, 137,255 emergency room /urgent care
center visits and 3,207 home health visits.
The University of Kansas Medical Center, an integral and unique component of the
University of Kansas and the Kansas Board of Regents system, is composed of the School
of Medicine, located in Kansas City and Wichita, the School of Nursing, the School of
Health Professions, the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, and a Graduate School.
The KU Medical Center is a complex institution whose basic functions include research,
education, patient care, and community service involving multiple constituencies at
state and national levels.
The University of Kansas Medical Center is a major research institution primarily
serving the State of Kansas as well as the nation, and the world, and assumes leadership
in the discovery of new knowledge and the development of programs in research, education,
and patient care. The KU Medical Center recognizes the importance of meeting the wide range
of health care needs in Kansas â€“ from the critical need for primary care in rural and other
underserved areas of the state, to the urgent need for highly specialized knowledge to
provide the latest preventive and treatment techniques available. As the major resources
in the Kansas Board of Regents system for preparing health care professionals, the
programs of the KU Medical Center must be comprehensive and maintain the high scholarship
and academic excellence on which the reputation of the University is based.
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The Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is based at the Donald Chisholm Center
at Children's Mercy Hospital, a 14,000 square foot facility designed to support clinical and bench
research, individual clinical and group educational interventions and house faculty and research
staff. The Center's 800 square foot demonstration kitchen features four prep stations, each with a GE
Profile refrigerator and microwave. The kitchen contains four oven/stove/exhaust hood combinations and
two dishwashers. The 500 square foot wet lab features extensive countertop space, an exhaust hood
and a -80 degree freezer. Testing rooms contain an indirect calorimeter, treadmill and DEXA. Clinical
exam rooms and a waiting room are also available. The Center's 2400 square foot exercise facility features
treadmills, stationary bicycles, elliptical trainers and weight machines, and has a large area
for group physical activity. Locker rooms, showers and laundry facilities are also available. The
Center provides conference room facilities for 10-50 attendees.
Address: 610 E. 22nd St., Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway is seeking an ambulatory Pediatrician who is interested in joining the Division of General Pediatrics and the Center for Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition. The position provides the candidate with a fantastic opportunity to practice both as a primary care academic pediatrician in the Pediatric Care Clinic as well as a specialty physician in the Weight Management Program. The position's responsibilities would be shared roughly 50/50 between the two clinical areas. The Pediatric Care Clinic is an academic primary care practice committed to outstanding patient care, quality improvement, and education. The Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition's Weight Management Program consists of a comprehensive multidisciplinary team committed to the prevention and treatment of obesity and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Non-tenured academic rank through the University of Missouri — Kansas City School of Medicine will be commensurate with experience.
The Division of General Academic Pediatrics supports an extensive teaching program for residents and medical students. The faculty consists of a team of 37 physicians and 17 Pediatric Nurse Practitioners working in a collegial environment. Faculty appointments are through the University of Missouri — Kansas City. The Division provides ambulatory care to more than 50,000 children annually at Children's Mercy — Broadway, Children's Mercy — West, and Operation Breakthrough. We also run several specialty clinics for children with ADHD, failure to thrive, common dermatologic conditions, and obesity. Outside the ambulatory setting, we manage a newborn well-baby care unit at Truman Medical Center and staff an inpatient teaching team at Children's Mercy Hospital — Kansas City.
The Pediatric Care Clinic (PCC) is located in newly renovated clinic and office space at Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway. This new location is conveniently located less than two miles from the Children's Mercy main campus on Hospital Hill, and includes a Pharmacy, a Lab, and additional Children's Mercy offices. The PCC has almost doubled in size with more than 30,000 square feet of clinic space spanning two floors, including 72 exam rooms. The additional space allows Children's Mercy to continue to provide quality care for the growing number of the region's children and families seeking specialty and primary pediatric care. The PCC is also undertaking the necessary steps to gain NCQA accreditation as a Patient Centered Medical Home. More important than the accreditation, however, those that work in the PCC believe in the mission of providing the best possible care to patients and their families and are excited about the transformative changes that accompany this work. The mission of the Weight Management Program is to treat children, educate families, conduct research to find effective approaches, and lead community efforts to end childhood obesity (visit www.childrensmercy.org/weightmanagement). The Weight Management Program operates treatment clinics and group programs for children with obesity. The Weight Management program also promotes obesity prevention through an active community collaborative (see www.kcweighingin.org). Both of these programs are part of the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition (see www.chlnkc.org), a cross-institutional research center focused on the healthy lifestyles of young children and their families. The Center is a 14,000 square foot facility designed to support clinical and bench research, individual clinical and group educational interventions, and house faculty and research staff. The Center's amenities include a demonstration kitchen, large equipped exercise space, multiple clinic rooms, full locker rooms, as well as the availability of indirect calorimetry, treadmill and DEXA.
Director of Community Engaged Research
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City is seeking a Doctoral level (MD, PhD, or equivalent) researcher to serve in the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition (www.chlnkc.org) as Director of Community Engaged Research.
This position will provide leadership as we build and expand community-based approaches, research capacity, and services provided by CMH to address the complex health needs of the community.
The Weight Management Program at Children's Mercy began in 2005. Its mission is to treat children, educate families, conduct research to find effective approaches, and lead community efforts to end childhood obesity. Weighing In became a part of the Weight Management Program in 2008. Weighing In works to strengthen community capacity to collaboratively prevent and reduce childhood obesity through a regional systems approach. Both of these programs are part of the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition (http://www.chlnkc.org/) a research center focused on the healthy lifestyles of young children and their families.
This position will work closely with the Weighing In Director, Weight Management program staff, and other members of the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, as well as, with healthcare, community and government partners to build and expand current Weighing In community activities. The primary responsibilities of this position are to expand the research capabilities and federal research funding of the community engagement team. In addition, this position will work to develop, implement and evaluate new prevention and intervention efforts of Weight Management.
Candidates must have a MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, at least five (5) years of related experience and a strong track record of extramural federal funding.
The Center works in partnership with Children's Mercy Hospital and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Salary and academic rank through the UMKC School of Medicine will be commensurate with experience.
For more information contact:
Ann McGrath Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Director, Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition
or visit our webpage www.childrensmercy.org/weightmanagement
Interested candidates may submit CV to: email@example.com
Children's Mercy Kansas City is an independent, 354-bed pediatric health system, serving half a million patients each year from across the country. Children's Mercy has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" and received Magnet#® recognition three times for excellence in nursing services.
In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our faculty of nearly 600 pediatric subspecialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. And, our leadership in pediatric genomic medicine and clinical pharmacology is driving research and innovation in heart care, neonatology, cancer treatment and other subspecialities to transform outcomes for children here and around the world.
Kansas City is located in the heart of America. It has small-town friendliness, with big-city dining, a variety of entertainment options, incredible jazz, professional sports, world-renowned museums, great shopping and more fountains than any city in the world, other than Rome. The city, a metropolitan area of more than 2 million people, has some of the best public school districts in the nation.
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