New Mexico State University School of Nursing Associate Professor Becky Keele, RN, PhD, is the lead investigator on a project that has been chosen for a Pipeline to Proposal funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, according to a news release.
Keeles project, Mobilizing Community Engagement for Health in a Southern New Mexico Border Region Colonia, was one of 30 proposals approved for funds intended to develop communities interested in advancing patient-driven health research.
Keeles objective is to help Mexican-American families in the Colonias of the southern New Mexico border region promote healthy eating and physical activity to reduce health disparities related to overweight and obesity issues. In New Mexico, 17.7% of Hispanic school-aged children are obese, compared to 8.7% of white
The projects community-based participatory research approach will create a community alliance work group, according to the release. Members of the work group will be recruited from education and healthcare systems, business and policy-making sectors and families living in the Colonias.
The primary aim of this work group will be to create a work group structure, develop goals and objectives, and to do some initial brainstorming related to the challenges and strengths within the Colonia community structure that impact the ability to participate in healthy eating and regular physical activity, Keele said in the release.