The obesity epidemic in the US has disproportionately affected African American (AA) adolescents who have a prevalence of obesity that is almost 50% higher than that of their Caucasian peers. This higher prevalence is due in part to greater exposure to, and higher consumption of, fast food and calorie dense foods among minority populations than their majority peers. Finding effective ways to address dietary habits affecting childhood obesity in general and in African American adolescents particularly is vital to averting the magnitude of obesity-related illnesses and the associated costs that are likely to cloud the future of American children.
Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, is an Endocrinologist and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health. She is a researcher and designer who is passionate about the notion that human centered design thinking can and will transform the delivery of clinical care and the biomedical research enterprise. Her research focuses on the use of emerging technologies (mobile technology, data visualization, participatory game design, social media) and the creation of learning health systems (incorporating health systems design and design / ethnography) for improving outcomes in type 1 diabetes. She co-leads an interdisciplinary collaborative called HealthDesignBy.Us, which supports patients as experts and "makers" in the creation of tools, technologies, and systems for their own health.
Research from the National Poll on Children's Health