PlayCore Scholar Series

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 2:00pm - 3:15pm  
Play Core Scholar Series 2020 Schedule 1

PlayCore Scholar Series

PlayCore’s vast scholar network contributes to a growing body of programs and guidebooks to help communities put research into practice. To further the sharing of their knowledge, we’re pleased to introduce the PlayCore Scholar Series, a broader collective of scholar contributions, including webinars, articles, and blog posts, to promote play and recreation initiatives

2020 Schedule in Partnership with The Physical Activity Research Center (PARC)

The Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) is a collaboration of four leading universities building the evidence base for policy changes and practices that will help make physical activity part of everyday life for all children. PARC focuses on strategies that can help children in lower-income communities, often part of African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnicity groups, who typically have fewer opportunities to be active. Watch the video to learn more: https://youtu.be/BjGqmsqB2bk

Session 1: Parks as Equitable Resources for Youth Physical Activity, Especially Now

This webinar will focus on how and where children from specific ethnic/racial subgroups are active and inactive during the school year and summer and how parks and recreation can specifically increase physical activity among kids under 14 years of age. Additionally, this webinar will touch on the implications of this research for parks and physical activity during the time of COVID-19.

Catch up! Watch the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/819944710292284684




Jim Sallis, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego  View BioAaron Hipp, PhD, Departments of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, NC State University  View BioChea Johnson, Recreation Specialist, Mecklenburg County, NC, Park and Recreation

Read the research — Youth Physical Activity in Summer vs. School Year: Patterns and Disparities: https://paresearchcenter.org/project-profiles/uc-san-diego-profile-page/

Read the research — Physical Activity and Recreation in Children in Communities of Color – PARC3: https://paresearchcenter.org/project-profiles/nc-state-project-profile/

Session 2: Youth Advocacy for Better and Equitable Physical Activity Environments

Thursday, June 11: 2 - 3:15 p.m. EDT

The Youth Engagement and Action for Health (YEAH!) project works nationally with African American, American Indian, Latino, Asian, and Pacific Islander lower-income urban/rural middle schoolers to take an in-depth look at their neighborhood’s strengths and weaknesses that are most likely to affect physical activity. Using a group-based program curriculum that is designed to help youth advocate for policy/environmental changes that promote physical activity, youth collect information through small groups and are taught to set priorities for improvements around problems they identify. 

YEAH! led to increases in the number of days youth spent being physically active and improved outcomes along with multiple attitudinal and health-related measures among low-income and diverse racial and ethnic minority youth living in different types of geographic locations. Youth also learn how to communicate with decision-makers and to advocate for the changes needed to advance the walkability, safety, and physical activity options in their communities. Additionally, this webinar will touch on the implications of this research for youth physical activity and remote engagement resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 



Nisha D. Botchwey, PhD, MCRP, MPHAssociate Professor of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of TechnologyRachel A. Millstein, PhD, MHS,
Clinical Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School
Kim Bryan, EdD, Special Education Specialist Glades Middle School, FL

Suggested material to review before the session: 

Including Youth in the Ladder of Citizen Participation, Adding Rungs of Consent, Advocacy, and Incorporation: Read the Article - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2019.1616319

Impact of a youth advocacy policy, systems and environmental change program for physical activity on perceptions and beliefs: Read the Article - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0091743520301018?dgcid=author

Session 3: Bringing Play Opportunities to ALL Kids Through Play Streets

Wednesday, August 12: 2 - 3:15 p.m. EDT

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M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, PhD MCHES Professor, Department of Public Health, Baylor University

Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD MPH, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Micah Holcombe, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Milam County TX Extension Agent, Family and Community Health
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Learn more about PARC

Visit their website to explore how they are making physical activity an everyday experience for all children

Visit paresearchcenter.org