HRC NZ-US Enabling Grant Awarded
Robyn Whittaker has been awarded a Health Research Council (HRC) International Relationships Fund - NZ-US enabling grant. The grant is to enable the design, development and evaluation of a family-based technology-supported childhood obesity prevention programme, particularly for indigenous and priority population groups in NZ, the US, and countries/territories in the Pacific region of interest to the US and NZ.
This award builds on an existing US-NZ research collaboration in mCessation (mobile phone-based smoking cessation) in the Pacific region, and other existing academic relationships. The aim is to develop a new collaborative focused on the prevention of childhood obesity using mHealth (mobile health) and related technologies. It will build on experience working with Māori, Pacific (in NZ and in the Pacific region), minority and native Hawaiian Americans, to develop an intervention that is evidence-based and culturally appropriate for these groups, recognising similarities in holistic and family-oriented approaches to health and wellness, while adapting for different cultural constructs, language and imagery.