Not yet! In partnership with Washington University in St. Louis and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Freeman was awarded a $3.7 million grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop new training and treatments to address childhood obesity through the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) 3.0 grant. Freeman pediatrician Paul Petry, DO, leads the local effort, which includes the addition of a licensed clinical social worker to Joplin pediatric clinics to deliver individual and group therapy.
The CDC project is part of a collaborative effort to offer childhood obesity treatments throughout Missouri. The Healthy Weight Advisory Committee is charged with implementing recommendations made to the Missouri Department of Health & Social Services. For more information about the initiative, visit MOCAN.org.