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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care Explored in New Childhood Obesity Journal

 Childhood Obesity

New Rochelle, NY, October 5, 2010—A provocative roundtable discussion presented in the new print and online journal Childhood Obesity probes the factors that contribute to higher rates of obesity in children and teens of African-American and Latino descent and suggests effective strategies for eliminating barriers to care and finding real-world solutions. Childhood Obesity is published bimonthly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The inaugural issue is available free online.

Roundtable moderator Monica Baskin, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine, focused the discussion on two main topics: the causes of racial and ethnic disparities in pediatric obesity care, and strategies and solutions to shrink the disparity gap. The full discussion appears in the Roundtable entitled, “Improving Access to Care for African-American and Latino Children and Adolescents: Barriers and Opportunities.”

Thought-provoking responses based on successful models and first-hand examples are offered by the roundtable panelists: Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY); Anjali Jain, MD, The Lewin Group (Falls Church, VA); Goutham Rao, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (PA); and Susan Woolford, MD, MPH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Childhood Obesity is the journal of record for all aspects of communication on the broad spectrum of issues and strategies related to weight management and obesity prevention in children and adolescents. The Journal includes peer-reviewed articles documenting cutting-edge research and clinical studies, opinion pieces and roundtable discussions, profiles of successful programs and interventions, and updates on task force recommendations, global initiatives, and policy platforms. It reports on news and developments in science and medicine, features programs and initiatives developed in the public and private sector, and includes a Literature Watch and Web Watch.