Title Team KiPOW Texas
AAP Grant ID 2660
Project Year 2020
City & State Dallas, TX
Program Name CATCH Resident
Topic Overweight & Obesity (LHI)
Program Description
Team Kid Power! (KiPOW) is a national academic-community partnership with elementary schools addressing the childhood obesity epidemic and helping implement school wellness policies in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. In Dallas County public schools, the obesity rate remains higher than the national average; additionally, the number of children with a mental health diagnosis served by Medicaid Managed Care has increased by 169% in Dallas county from 2013-2018 (1). In 2018, Team KiPOW Texas developed a partnership with John J Pershing Elementary School in Dallas, serving as an adjunct to the medical home. During the 2018-2019 academic year, we hosted 11 health mentoring sessions including 22 hours of face-time with trusted health mentors providing interactive health education lessons, discussing healthy eating choices while eating lunch with students, and leading group physical activities at recess together. Post-session newsletters were sent home to promote parental involvement. We partnered with North Texas Food Bank to host interactive healthy-snacking food demonstrations. Post-program feedback was provided by teachers and parents. Health behaviors, measured by HABITS questionnaires and lunch surveys, showed positive trends with respect to increased awareness of nutritional health. However, we noted students had difficulty interpreting the post intervention HABITS questionnaires as they were unable to reflect on their own nutrition related behaviors (2). There is a palpable culture shift within the Pershing Elementary community to prioritize individual physical wellness. As health mentors walk into the classroom they are greeted like local celebrities with students crowding around them chanting “KiPOW! KiPOW!” The students eagerly change into their blue Team KiPOW shirt, which serves as the integral symbol for our health partnership. The shirt unifies the students and health mentors as we put our “capes” on to activate our “Kid Power” on our quest for wellness. By building relationships with the health mentors, students actively engage with members of the STEM community - an opportunity they may not have had access to previously. To help combat childhood obesity, we will continue to teach a comprehensive nutrition curriculum led by health mentors - including classroom sessions, lunch and recess mentoring, and family outreach. For the 2019-2020 academic year, we critically reviewed and revised the curriculum and our assessment tool based on our observations from the previous year. Rather than attempting to measure behavior change, we will assess knowledge gained (short- and long-term) through pre- and post-intervention knowledge quizzes testing specifics from each nutrition lesson. Education helps increase the individual’s awareness of why they need to make the change as well as how to make the change. To help combat the dramatically rising rate of childhood mental health diagnoses, we plan to develop a comprehensive mental health curriculum. Our goal is to teach emotional and social skills to help build self-efficacy and motivate positive behavior change (3-5). Pre and post-intervention emotional and social skills will be assessed by utilizing an adaptation of the validated “Student Survey” developed by Child Trends (6). This year we are piloting a mental health intervention by teaching relaxation techniques through meditation to start introducing mental health concepts.
1. Continue to extend the medical home of Pershing Elementary School by providing at least 26 hours of face-time with 8 trusted health mentors per week who provide health education and model positive diet and activity behaviors to 50 secondgrade students consistently over an academic year. 
2. Increase knowledge retention levels of 50 secondgrade students who are taught a nutrition curriculum based on MyPlate by 15% from a preintervention baseline measurement. 
3. Increase emotional and social skills of 50 secondgrade students who are taught a mental health curriculum by 15% from a pre-intervention baseline measurement.
AAP District District VII
Institutional Name Pershing Elementary School
Contact 1 Dr. Charles Valadie
Contact 2 Dr. Yomna Farooqi
ID 869