One-Year Mixed-Methods Case Study of a Community–Academic Advisory Board Addressing Childhood Obesity

Jamie Zoellner, Jennie L. Hill, Donna Brock, Morgan L. Barlow, Ramine Alexander, Fabiana Brito, Bryan Price, Corliss L. Jones, Ruby Marshall, Paul A. Estabrooks

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Objective: Using a community-based participatory research and systems-based approach, the purpose of this community case study is to describe the planning process and first-year experiences of community–academic advisory board (CAB) partners involved with the development of an evidence-based childhood obesity treatment program in a medically underserved region. Method: Regional community partners (n = 9; Pittsylvania/Danville Health District, Children’s Healthcare Center, Danville Parks & Recreation, and Danville Boys & Girls Club) and academic partners (n = 9) met monthly to select and adapt an evidence-based childhood obesity program, develop evaluation and recruitment protocols, and plan for program implementation. In the first 3 months, members developed a mixed-methods capacity evaluation, administered at 3 and 11 months following the first CAB meeting. Results: Most capacity dimensions were rated highly and demonstrated no significant change over time. However, perceptions of trust approached a significant increase (p =.055), the ability to resolve conflicts significantly increased (p =.018), and participation and influ-ence perceptions significantly decreased (p =.001). Qualitative analysis elucidated members’ experiences and key facilitator and barrier themes emerged. Conclusions: Similarities and differences between community and academic members’ experiences allowed synthesis of best practices and lessons learned. The methodological framework and best practices can inform the capacity development for new community–academic collaborations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-853
Number of pages21
JournalHealth promotion practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • case report
  • childhood obesity
  • community capacity
  • community-based participatory research
  • medically underserved area
  • mixed-methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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