Grant collaboration will target obesity rates

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Grand Valley will collaborate with the state of Michigan and others to develop programs to improve health outcomes for overweight and obese patients in Grand Rapids.

The Michigan Department of Community Health received a three-year $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and will work with Grand Valley and Wayne State University, which will aid patients in Detroit.

This grant will allow MDCH and partners to develop a team-based approach to care for obese children and adults at two university-affiliated nurse-managed primary care clinics: the Wayne State University Campus Health Center and Grand Valley’s Family Health Center.

Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for Health, said nursing, social work and dietetics students and staff members will collaborate around health promotion, care delivery and wellness measures for patients with obesity-related health conditions.

Michigan ranks fifth in the nation with an adult obesity rate of 31.7 percent and a combined rate of obese and overweight adult residents of 67 percent.