The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Partnership Education and Research Committee awarded the following Collaborative Health Sciences Program grant in 2010:

Effects of Environmental Opportunities and Barriers to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health in Hispanic Children in Wisconsin

Aaron Carrel, MD, Pediatrics
Award: $291,882 over two years

One of the most pressing health problems facing all of Wisconsin, childhood obesity is especially prevalent in the Hispanic community where nearly a third of children are overweight. This wide-ranging collaboration will look at individual, social, and environmental barriers to physical activity and good nutrition among Latino students on the South Side of Milwaukee.

About 100 students at Milwaukee's Bruce Guadalupe School, a charter school based at UCC, will be measured for health and metabolic risk factors. Using GPS and student-generated digital photography, researchers will then assess how these children make nutritional choices and engage with neighborhood resources like parks and bike paths.

The collaboration is led by Dr. Aaron Carrel, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The team includes strong support from the United Community Center (UCC) in Milwaukee - which has provided services on the South Side of Milwaukee for four decades. It includes contributions from the Wisconsin Departments of Health Services and Public Instruction and multiple UW-Madison departments - including the School of Medicine and Public Health, Nutrition, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Urban and Regional Planning.