CTSI Receives Grant from Northwestern Mutual Foundation
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) was awarded a $95,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation that will cover a one year planning phase for a pioneering and novel approach to promote family-based lifestyles that foster health enhancing environments for children. A team of investigators from CTSI partnering institutions will develop and pilot an innovative and model program that effectively extends worksite health-promoting efforts to the family environment in order to enhance the health of children in the family setting.
This team includes Dr. Marilyn Frenn and Dr. Astrida Kaugars from Marquette University, Dr. Julia Snethen from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Dr. Jane Kotchen from the Medical College of Wisconsin. The scientific effort of the project will be led by Dr. Frenn and Dr. Snethen. Dr. Frenn has developed and pilot tested the authoritative parenting intervention that will be used, and Dr. Snethen will assess lifestyle-related variables though focus groups and a survey.
Participating worksites will be recruited through the YMCA’s Corporate Wellness Program and Well City Milwaukee employers. Worksite wellness programs have proved effective in improving the health of employees and reducing health insurance costs. This innovative program will extend worksite wellness programs to include the family. The CTSI has been instrumental in providing the platform that fosters the inter-institution collaboration and the infrastructure for the project.