Group photo outside

There are many community activities and programs at CHLN, and many of our research projects target our improvements in and partnerships with our community. These programs are primarily led by Dr. Jordan Carlson, our director of community engaged health research, and Dr. Robin Shook, director of Weighing In. We highlighted Weighing In (WI) last year in our 2018 annual report but want to give a brief update here. WI celebrated its 11th anniversary in 2019 and also completed a strategic planning process for their team. Achievements in 2019 include giving 11 presentations, two peer-reviewed publications, five grant submissions and attracting over 500 members.

The CHLN team was also very productive in community work outside of WI. First, CHLN faculty serve on the steering committee of the Health Equity Institute, working with researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on a project involving streetscape neighborhood environment audits, community engagement and advocacy in low-income Kansas City neighborhoods.

Dr. Jordan Carlson has also led an initiative focused on walking school bus implementation, which is a promising method of increasing active transport to school and physical activity in children. This project was conducted in partnership with BikeWalkKC, which is an active partner on Building Collective Health: Community Interventions for Northeast Kansas City to evaluate earn-a-bike programs delivered in four elementary schools and pop-up streetscape pedestrian safety improvements (curb extensions and crosswalks) in the Northeast Kansas City neighborhood.

Finally, team members were part of national efforts focused on community, such as the Physical Activity Environment Measures User’s Guide and Learning Modules, and the 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Drs. Jordan Carlson & Robin Shook