Dr. Haemer is interested in testing strategies for primary care providers to participate in childhood obesity prevention, screening, and treatment. He aims to develop a framework within which the effect of variations of preventive messaging and screening can be tested within the medical home setting, especially for those serving children at highest risk of obesity. His multi-level research agenda includes evaluating lifestyle screening tools, electronic decision support, counseling skills training for providers, and developing community-based resources for treatment.
Dr. Haemer seeks to test the hypothesis that engagement of primary care providers in meaningful screening and prevention messaging is contingent upon the availability of treatment resources. So, he is testing the effectiveness translating obesity treatment protocols with evidence of efficacy in controlled settings to delivery by trained community-based lay-professionals with emphasis on cultural translation of treatment protocols to low-income Latino populations.
Dr. Haemer’s recently completed research identified demographic characteristics associated with success in clinical obesity treatment, including younger age at first treatment and a lower degree of acculturation among Latino immigrants, so these groups are areas of interest for prevention and treatment interventions.
A long-term goal is to translate the results of observational and highly controlled experimental research identifying early life risk factors for obesity into interventions within the primary care setting for the youngest children, infants, and expecting parents.