CPSCFH Pilot Recipient Announced

Congratulations to our Center for Prevention Science in Child and Family Health Pilot Recipient! These awards will allow investigators to explore novel and innovative ideas, collect preliminary data for future grant applications, and build new collaborations in areas pertinent to child and family health and prevention. 

Center for Prevention Science in Child and Family Health Pilot Recipient

Lelia DeWitt 

Leila DeWitt, DO, MA

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Hospitalists

“Hungry and Hospitalized - Perceptions of a Pediatric Hospital-based Food Pantry” 


This mixed-methods study will investigate the impact of screening for inpatient food insecurity by gathering perceptions of both providers and caregivers of hospitalized pediatric patients, as well as evaluate acceptability of an inpatient food pantry. This project will also provide pilot data to evaluate hospital-based metrics and health outcomes of participants in the inpatient food pantry.

The Center for Prevention Science in Child and Family Health is a new, emerging center at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Atrium Health Enterprise. This innovative center is geared towards leveraging the family system as a means to improve the health of children and families. The family is one of the primary influences on the health and wellbeing of a child. Unfortunately, the family is not taken into account in health care, aside from socio-demographic considerations, or a singular focus on a parent-child dyad. Understanding the deeper complexities of the family dynamic are too often not included in research plans, including inter-personal relationships, communication, stress, and parenting.

Questions? Reach out to Kaleb Sizemore at ksizemor@wakehealth.edu