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COVID-19 Policies and Childhood Obesity Study

About Us

‌‌The COVID-19 Policies and Childhood Obesity Study is a four year project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This project works with existing families to learn how COVID-19 policies relate to family routines, children's dietary and physical activity behaviors, and family risk for food insecurity. 

This study extends a rapid-response research project from the Spring of 2020 to examine disparities related to the impact of COVID-19 control policies. The COVID-19 Policies and Childhood Obesity Study will also evaluate the following:

  • The long-term impact of COVID-19 policies on disparities related to children’s health over two years following the start of the pandemic.
  • Measures of obesity and an analysis of projected impact on health care costs.
  • An explanatory mixed methods approach to understand the mechanisms linking COVID-19 policies and health behaviors. 

Specific Aims

  • Examine changes over time in child health behaviors (diet, physical activity, and sleep) and obesity/excess weight gain.
  • Examine the mechanisms explaining observed changes in child health behaviors and obesity/excess weight gain.
  • Determine projected health care costs related to changes in child health behaviors and obesity/excess weight gain due to COVID-19 policies overall and for specific populations, by race/ethnicity, SES, and geographic locale.

Project Coordinator

Deitch-Rachael

 

Rachel Deitch, M.S, CHES
Project Coordinator 

University of Maryland, School of Medicine
rdeitch@som.umaryland.edu

 

 

The Team

Principal Investigator

Erin Hager, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator 

University of Maryland, School of Medicine

 

Research Team

Helina Selam, Quantitative Data Manager

Janny Dihn, Qualitative Data Manager


Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Why Volunteer

Reasons to Volunteer or Intern:

  • Be involved in cutting edge research
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Publication opportunities
  • Improve your interpersonal skills
  • Gain an understanding of how to conduct community research
  • Potentially earn credits for school
  • It's fun!

Volunteer Duties

The types of duties an internship might entail:

  • Recruiting participants
  • Scheduling interviews, making appointments, and contacting participants
  • Helping facilitate parent groups on topics pertaining to nutrition, physical activity, parenting skills, and child safety
  • Conducting participant interviews
  • Collecting data
  • Filing and other office duties
  • Data entry and analysis

Apply

If you'd like to apply for an internship or volunteer position, please fill out the volunteer information form and email rdeitch@som.umaryland.edu.

If interested internship positions, please send resume or CV to:   

Rachel Deitch
Wellness Champions for Change, Project Coordinator
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
737 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410.706.6133