Implementation of the Connect for Health pediatric weight management program: study protocol and baseline characteristics

J Comp Eff Res. 2021 Aug;10(11):881-892. doi: 10.2217/cer-2021-0076. Epub 2021 May 24.


We are implementing Connect for Health, a primary care-based intervention to improve family-centered outcomes for children, ages 2-12 years, in organizations that care for low-income children. We will use the 'Reach-Effectiveness-Adoption-Implementation-Maintenance' framework to guide our mixed-methods evaluation to examine the effectiveness of stakeholder-informed strategies in supporting program adoption and child outcomes. We also describe characteristics of children, ages 2-12 years with a BMI ≥85th percentile and obesity-related care practices. During the period prior to implementation, 26,161 children with a BMI ≥85th percentile were seen for a primary care visit and a majority lacked recommended diagnosis codes, referrals and laboratory evaluations. The findings suggest the need to augment current approaches to increase uptake of proven-effective weight management programs. Clinical trial registration number: NCT04042493 (, Registered on 2 August 2019;

Keywords: childhood obesity; electronic health records; health equity; implementation strategies; primary care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Pediatric Obesity* / therapy
  • Poverty
  • Primary Health Care

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