Population Health Research

One of our goals is to create a collaboration of population health researchers seeking to understand how to identify patterns and processes and improve population health. Dr. David Dzewaltowski and collaborators, with the support of Kansas State University and several funders, have initiated this effort.

Our work can be organized by community-wide and organization-setting specific health behavior improvement studies (child care, schools, after-school and summer programs, scouting, health care). These organizational-setting implementation science projects demonstrated that a participatory approach to training adult and youth leaders to adopt evidence-based practices can modify the social and physical environment (context) to promote health behavior.

Communities have adopted the intervention programs resulting from these studies for implementation. For example, the National Cancer Institute has listed the Scouting Nutrition and Activity Program (SNAP) as a "research-tested intervention program."

New Publications

Schlechter, C.R., Rosenkranz, R.R., Fees, B.S. & Dzewaltowski, D.A. (In Press). Preschool daily patterns of physical activity driven by location and social context.  Journal of School Health.


Schlechter, C.R., Rosenkranz, R.R., Milliken, G., & Dzewaltowski, D.A., (2016).  Physical activity levels during youth sport practice:  Does coach training or experience have an influence?  Journal of Sport Sciences.


Schlechter, C.R., Rosenkranz, R.R., Guagliano, J.M., & Dzewaltowski, D.A. (2016). A systematic review of Children’s Dietary Interventions with Parents as Change Agents, Application of the RE-AIM Framework.  Preventive Medicine.  Available online August 2016. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.08.030.


Cull, B.J., Rosenkranz, S.K., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Teeman, C.S., Knutson, C.K., & Rosenkranz, R.R. (2016). Wildcat Wellness Coaching Feasibility Trial: Protocol for home-based health behavior mentoring in girls.  Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2, 26.


Schenkelberg MA, Rosenkranz RR, Milliken GA, & Dzewaltowski DA (2015). Social environmental influences on physical activity of children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12(5),636-641.


Almeida,  F.A., Smith-Ray, R.L., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Glasgow, R.E., Lee, R.E., Thomas, D., Xu, S., & Estabrooks, P.E. (2015). An interactive computer session to initiate physical activity in sedentary cardiac patients:  Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(8), e206.​

Freedson, P., Buchner, D.M., Pate, R., Hatfield, B., DiPietro, L., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Gavin, T., &  Nessler, J. (2015).  Integrating public health in kinesiology:  Instruction, academic programs, research, and outreach.  Kinesiology Review, 4, 355-369.

Dzewaltowski, D.A., McElroy, M., Musch, T.I., Poole, D.C., & Harms, C.A. (2015).  Kansas State University physical activity systems framework; Integration of the discipline of kinesiology and public health. Kinesiology Review, 4, 346-354.

Geller, K.S., Melbye, M.J., Rosenkranz, R.R., Shoemaker, C., & Dzewaltowski, D.A. (2015).  Measuring elementary-aged children's self-efficacy and proxy efficacy for gardening and related health behaviors.. Hortechnology, 25, 731-741.