William John Heerman, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
His professional interests are in primary care med-peds & in looking for solutions to the pediatric obesity epidemic with community engaged research. He is a vibrant researcher, an outstanding clinician, & a beloved medical educator.
Dr. Heerman, a CDTR Pilot & Feasibility award recipient, has subsequently received a career development award from the NIH. His ongoing projects represent a continuation of his work related to maternal gestational weight gain & growth trajectories in children. Sheri Barkin, M.D., M.S.H.S., who leads the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR) program, has collaborated with Dr. Heerman as he has pursued his line of inquiry.
In conducting his research, Dr. Heerman seeks to advance the
field of maternal-child obesity prevention by understanding
how a behavioral intervention implemented before & during pregnancy could support healthy weight for both mother & child.
His study (GROW Baby) will test how a behavioral intervention
supports healthy maternal GWG (Aim 1) & healthy infant
growth (Aim 2). By developing a nested sub-cohort from an ongoing
randomized healthy lifestyle trial known as Growing Right Onto
Wellness (GROW), GROW Baby will collect new data from both Latina
women who become pregnant and their infants born during the study.
GROW is a culturally tailored intervention that teaches healthy
nutrition & physical activity for both mother
pre-school child (aged 3-5 years). The control condition is a school readiness program. Because intervention-group mothers who become pregnant during the study learn these healthy lifestyle skills prior to or early in pregnancy, the intervention has the potential to support healthy maternal GWG & future infant growth.
The Center for Diabetes Translation Research is
supported by NIH grant DK092986.
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