The Family Check-Up 4 Health: A Family-Centered Health Maintenance Approach to Improve Nutrition and Prevent Obesity in Early Childhood

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Northwestern University site will be primarily responsible for (1) implementation support of the Family
Check-Up 4 Health (FCU4Health) (including training, fidelity monitoring, strategies to address barriers); (2)
analysis of primary project outcomes and economic analyses; (3) education and extension activities
nationally, led by Dr. Smith in collaboration with collaborators at ASU (Drs. Berkel, Bruening, and Dishion).
As PD for the Northwestern site, Dr. Smith will coordinate data transfer, provide oversight of the Project
Coordinator (Ms. Mariah Meacham), and collaborate onsite with Dr. Neil Jordan (Co-I). He will be
responsible for ongoing consultation with FCU4Health coordinators and the evaluation, ongoing monitoring
of fidelity of implementation using the COACH, and will collaborate with ASU staff on the development of the
e-learning modules related to the FCU4Health program. He will lead the analyses of program effectiveness
using longitudinal methods, the assessment and analysis of fidelity ratings, which will be used clinically to
inform supervision and remediation with FCU4Health coordinators, as indicated, and will conduct the
primary analyses of fidelity data including the internal consistency, reliability, and drift. Dr. Smith will also be
responsible for the tracking and collection of costs related to the clinical delivery of the FCU4Health
program, including training and delivery of the program using cost capture methods, as well as the tracking
of costs associated with fidelity monitoring and supervision of FCU4Health coordinators. Dr. Jordan will
guide the development of cost capture templates and the data storage system in Y1. Drs. Smith and Jordan
will be jointly responsible for overseeing the transfer of cost data from ASU to Northwestern with the
assistance of the Project Coordinator. Dr. Jordan, with assistance and oversight from Dr. Smith, will then
lead the analysis of program costs as described in the project narrative. Dr. Smith will participate in weekly
teleconference/videoconference meetings with the research team and with the project team at Arizona State
University (ASU) and the clinical teams at the various clinical delivery sites located in Phoenix, AZ. He will
also attend annual meetings of the Community Advisory Board in person in Phoenix. Twice yearly, Dr. Smith
will travel to ASU to meet with Dr. Berkel (PD) and the project staff in person, including the FCU4Health
clinical delivery staff. Dr. Jordan will join meetings via teleconference as needed to complete his
responsibilities on the project and will meet regularly with Dr. Smith in person at Northwestern. Drs. Smith,
and Jordan will disseminate the findings of the project via peer-reviewed publications; presentations at
national, international, and local conferences; and the preparation of executive summaries (white papers) for
various stakeholder groups.
Effective start/end date7/1/186/30/23


  • Arizona State University (ASUB22//2018-68001-27550)
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (ASUB22//2018-68001-27550)


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