The purpose of this study is to assess the reliability and validity of a brief, low-cost school environment audit tool, which is currently administered to all Pennsylvania Keystone Healthy Zone public schools. In addition, this research will also determine whether school policies and environments predict relative weight outcomes. The first phase of this work will consist of psychometric analyses (test-retest reliability, internal consistency, validity) of the audit tool, and the second phase will consist of multi-level (schools nested within districts) cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of the relationship between health indicators and relative weight status.
Start Date: September 2008
ID #: 65050
Principal Investigator: Kelley Borradaile, PhD
Organization: Temple University
Funding Round: New Connections Round 2
Assessing participation in and implementation of summer electronic-benefits-transfer and non-congregate-meal programs in rural areasSummer EBT and non-congregate meals are summer meal options that have known associations with reducing food hardship and barriers to food access. But take-up can vary across states, which creates disparities among marginalized populations. The study aims to analyze the coverage, take-up, and implementation decisions made around Summer EBT and non-congregate meals. The research team More