Research Core

The aims of the Research Core include a plan to implement a program of rigorous intervention research to optimize health during the critical developmental period of adolescence, which links early exposures to long-term adult and intergenerational health. This work will draw on emerging technologies in "mobile-health" (m-health), such as text messaging, to test interventions targeting highly relevant conditions/circumstances disproportionately affecting urban African American adolescents: Type 2 diabetes/obesity and Violence exposure.

Another aim is to lead a broadly based, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and collaborative consortium to coordinate and strengthen research and training relevant to child minority health and health disparities both in the Washington, DC-Baltimore region, and nationally.

Health Disparities Special Interest Group

Dr. Godoy is the most recent member of our Center team. She has taken on the responsibility of leading the Special Interest Group (SIG) based at Children’s National Health System. The SIG emerged from the desire increase interdisciplinary collaboration among child health disparities researchers in the DC-Baltimore region and improve quality and scope of research relevant to health disparities. This became apparent when it was realized that there was no place documenting all health disparities research occurring in the region.

The goal of this SIG is to increase interdisciplinary collaboration among child health disparities researchers in the DC-Baltimore region and improve quality and scope of research relevant to health disparities. Specific goals of the SIG include to 1) facilitate regular meetings with members of the community conducting or interested in health disparities research, 2) host/promote annual event(s) that showcase pediatric health disparities research; and 3) foster mentorships and collaborations among pediatric health disparities researchers.

The Health Disparities SIG co-sponsored the Children’s National Jill Joseph Grand Rounds lecture with Tom Boyce, MD. To view Dr. Boyce’ lecture Gene-Environment Interplay and the Biology of Misfortune. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTxmy7rm_pI  

For information or to be added to the distribution list, please contact Leandra Godoy lgodoy@childrensnational.org

Objectives for the Research Core include the following:

  1. Assure success of R01 research conducted through the center in implementing rigorous investigations.
  2. Successfully establish the Child Health Disparities Research Consortium
  3. Expand rigorous child health disparities research through the activities of the Child Health Disparities Research Consortium
  4. To develop behavioral and psychosocial interventions to address health disparities at the individual, family and neighborhood levels.

To pursue and compete for sponsored research funds to expand the base of support for child health disparities research in substance abuse, intentional/unintentional injury and diabetes/obesity. To share the findings of the research with the scientific and community at large.