Research Mentor(s): Carolyn Custer, Carolyn Custer, D.O., director of Quality and Community Medicine
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Detroit Wayne County Health Authority/Authority Health,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 1 (10am-10:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 6
Authority Health recently received funding to develop and implement a Child & Adolescent Health Center at Hope Academy Charter school on Detroit’s west side. In light of this development, there was a need to establish a school wellness plan, recommending types of physical activity and nutritional services that would benefit students in the Nardin Park area. This project aimed to assess community resources, the physical environment around Hope Academy, and current nutrition and physical activity habits in order to create that physical activity and nutritional programming, integrating other community resources and providing benefit to students’ health and wellness. The methodology behind this endeavor was to conduct an environmental scan for community resources in the Nardin Park area, meet virtually on a weekly basis with parents at the school, and to gather data about physical activity and nutritional patterns from the children via surveys distributed to their parents. Survey results will be analyzed to compare student habits to suggested physical activity and nutritional guidelines by accredited national health organizations. The results will then be used to develop programming that aims to promote physical activity and nutritional improvements in line with established guidelines, that includes the integration of community resources, discovered through the environmental scan, for provision of programming.