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University Partnerships

The focus of the University Partnerships Working Group (UPWG) is to explore and support all of the ways universities, colleges, and community-academic partnerships contribute to childhood obesity prevention in Chicago including:

  • research, surveillance, and program evaluation
  • community-academic partnerships with community and faith based organizations or public  agencies
  • community-based or service learning (including internships and practicum)
  • curriculum development and individual courses

UPWG is a forum for innovative collaboration across disciplines and interests.  Members of this working group contribute to collaborative efforts to build the evidence base and train future leaders for childhood obesity prevention.   Members benefit from partnerships with other academic institutions, researchers, community groups and CLOCC's broad base of partner organizations that work to advance childhood obesity prevention in Chicago.

Co-chairs: Jen Kauper-Brown, MPH and Judah Viola, PhD

Sorry, there are no upcoming events for this working group at this time.

Resources and Materials

  • Presentations 

Developing Research Questions and Research Design
Maryann Mason, PhD, and Lucy Gomez-Feliciano

  • CLOCC Seed Grants 

Seed Grants page

Summary Report, 2003-2010

  • Related Publications

2011 -

Bohnert AM, Randall ET, Tharp S, and Germann J. The Development and Evaluation of a Portion Plate for Youth: a Pilot Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2011; 43(4): 268-273.

Davis DS, Goldmon MV, and Coker-Appiah DS. Using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach to Develop a Faith-Based Obesity Intervention for African American Children. Health Promotion Practice. 2011; 12(6): 811-22.

Evans WD, Snider J, Christoffel KK, Necheles J, and Becker AB. Outcomes of the 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Childhood Obesity Community Trial. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2011; 35(2): 189-198.

Lynch EB, and Holmes S. Food Group Categories of Low-Income African American Women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2011; 43(3):157-164.

Lynch EB, Holmes S, Keim K, Koneman SA. Concepts of healthful food among low-income African American women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In press.

Mason M, Welch SB, Becker A, Block DR, Gomez-Feliciano L, Hernandez A, and Suarez-Balcazar Y. Ciclovia in Chicago: a Strategy for Community Development to Improve Public Health. Community Development. 2011; 42(2): 221-239.

Zenk SN, Odoms-Young AM, Dallas C, Hardy E, Watkins A, Hoskins-Wroten J, and Holland L. "You Have to Hunt for the Fruits, the Vegetables": Environmental Barriers and Adaptive Strategies to Acquire Food in a Low-Income African American Neighborhood. Health Education and Behavior. 2011; 38(3): 282-292.

2010 -

Ariza, AJ. Pediatricians’ Perspectives on Obesity Management: Cultural and Emotional Barriers that Impact Efficacy of Obesity Counseling. Unimetro. 2010; 27(47):18-25

Becker AB, Christoffel KK, Morales MA, Rodríguez JL, López JE, and Longjohn M. Combatting childhood obesity through a neighborhood coalition. Urban Health 2010; 27: 171-197.

Mason M, Jaskiewicz LJ, and Christoffel KK. Learning from Program Participants: Obtaining Participant Input on Service Development in an Emergency Food Program. Journal of Applied Social Science. 2010; 4(2): 1-16.

2009 -

Gomez-Feliciano L, McCreary LL, Sadowsky R, Peterson S, Hernandez A, McElmurry BJ, and Park CG. Active Living Logan Square: Joining Together to Create Opportunities for Physical Activity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009; 37(6): 361-7.

Odoms-Young AM, Zenk S, and Mason M. Measuring Food Availability and Access in African-American Communities. Implications for Intervention and Policy. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009; 36: S145-S150.

Zenk SN, Schulz AJ, and Odoms-Young AM. How Neighborhood Environments Contribute to Obesity. American Journal of Nursing. 2009; 109(7): 61-64.

2008 -

Becker AB, Longjohn M, and Christoffel KK. Taking on Childhood Obesity in a Big City: Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC). Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2008; 25(2): 199-206.

Block DR, Chavez N, Birgen J. Finding Food in Chicago and the Suburbs: the report of the Northeastern Illinois Community Food Security Assessment. 2008. Available online at:

Cartland J, Ruch-Ross HS, Mason M, and Donohue W. Role Sharing between Evaluators and Stakeholders in Practice. American Journal of Evaluation. 2008; 29(4): 460-477.

2007 -

Suarez-Balcazar Y, Redmond L, Kouba J, Hellwig M, Davis R, Martinez LI, and Jones L. Introducing systems change in the schools: the case of school luncheons and vending machines. American Journal of Community Psychology. 2007; 39:335-345.

Turner L and Hagin S. Overweight among Chicago preschool children. Public Health. 2007; 121:51-53.

2006 -

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Van Horn L, Kaufer Christoffel K, and Dyer A. Hip-Hop to Health Jr. for Latino preschool children. Obesity Research. 2006; 14(9):1616-1625


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