Generating community-partnered research into the obesity epidemic in the African-American community

African Americans are significantly underrepresented in obesity research. The goals of this project are to: (1) develop researchers interested in this topicincluding, but not exclusively, African-American investigatorsand thereby increase research that promotes obesity prevention among African Americans; (2) publish the research findings; and (3) to strengthen community-based participatory research. The African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) will develop a Research, Evaluation and Dissemination Core, which will assist researchers and community research projects, and identify funding and professional development opportunities for network members. Specifically, AACORN will conduct research about the marketing of food to African-American children and will assess interventions designed to reduce the impact of such marketing. By focusing on the culture and perspectives of the African-American community and family, this project will build an evidence base for prevention of childhood obesity. Through interaction with other RWJF-funded research and community-based interventions, AACORN will help RWJF build connections among research, advocacy and action. The deliverables include increasing research into the prevention of childhood obesity; publishing research findings; helping communities fight childhood obesity; interacting with other RWJF-sponsored research programssuch as Active Living Research, Healthy Eating Research and Salud America!and producing an evaluation, with independent oversight, of AACORN's accomplishments.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $3,496,501.00

Awarded on: 11/6/2007

Time frame: 12/1/2007 - 5/31/2012

Grant Number: 61202


University of Pennsylvania

1 College Hall, Room 100
Philadelphia, 19104-6380


Shiriki K. Kumanyika
Project Director