HEALTH Dissemination and Implementation

HEALTH Dissemination and Implementation will extend the findings from HEALTH with a controlled trial to evaluate the dissemination and implementation of HEALTH across three levels – to a mother directly; through a parent educators who comes into the home; and through Parents as Teachers.

Project Staff

Principal Investigator: Rachel Tabak, PhD

Co- investigators: Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD; Kenneth Schechtman, PhD

Research Team: Adriana Aramburu, MPH; Ronni Byrth, BS; Cindy Schwarz, MPH, MS, RD; Vianca Cuevas Soulette, MPHKaren Steger-May, MA; Jinli Wang, MS

External Collaborators: Allison Kemner, MPH; Kerry Caverly, Donna Hunt-O’Brien

Graduate Research Assistants: Laura Marple, Laura McNulty,  Alejandra Munoz-Rivera, Angeles Ochoa-Raya, Maryse Rios-Hernandez, Laurel Schmidt

Project Partners

Parents as Teachers; Delaware Early Childhood CenterErie Family Center; Easterseals Joliet Region; Caring for Kids; The Center in Arlington Heights; Farrell Family Center; Fulton County Family Partnerships, Casa De Los Ninos, Richstone Family Center, Plainfield Connections/Prevent Child Abuse State Agency; Child and Family Resources; Family Cornerstone Inc.; Topeka Public Schools Parents as Teachers; Cascade City County Health Department/Maternal Child Health and Public Health Home Visitation; Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority; Howe Community Resource Center; Winfield Unified School District; Family Iowa; Davidson County School Readiness; Berrien Regional Education Service Agency; Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, Inc; Maternal and Child Health Consortium/Chester County Dept. of Human Services; Polytech School District Parents As Teachers;

Project Dates: 2018-2024
Funding Source

National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


Tabak, R., Schwarz, C.D., Kemner, A., Schechtman, K.B., Steger-May, K., Byrth, V., Haire-Joshu, D. Disseminating and implementing a lifestyle-based healthy weight program for mothers in a national organization; a study protocol for a cluster randomized trial. 2019. Implementation Science. Jun 25;14(1):68


Tabak, R., Schwarz, C.D., Aramburu, A., Haire-Joshu, D. Social determinants of health during personal visits before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Institute of Public Health at Washington University’s Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States. (October, 2020)

Mazzuca, S., Tabak, R. Partnering to support family health goals. Parents as Teachers International Virtual Conference (October, 2020)

Cuevas Soulette, V., Aramburu, A., Schwarz, C.D., Haire-Joshu, D., Tabak, R. Evaluating the integration of a new health training curriculum within a national home visiting program. Institute of Public Health at Washington University’s Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States. (October, 2019)

Tabak, R., Schwarz, C.D., Haire-Joshu, D. Research partnership promoting healthy eating and activity. Parents as Teachers International Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States. (October, 2019)

McNulty, L., Tabak, R., Schwarz, C.D., Byrth, V., Haire-Joshu, D. From paper to practice: Translating multi-stakeholder protocols into action through shared language, artifacts, and training. Research Without Walls at Washington University Brown School’s Annual Event, St. Louis, MO, United States. (April, 2019)

Haire-Joshu, D., Schwarz, C.D. A partnership to prevent obesity amount parents and children. Parents as Teacher Board Meeting (October, 2018)

Schwarz, C.D. Recent obesity prevention research and announcement of a new NIH grant. Parents as Teachers International Conference, Phoenix, AZ United States. (October, 2018)


Tabak receives $3.3 million NIH grant to study obesity in young mothers

By Neil Schoenherr on August 13, 2018