Date of Completion


Document Type

Campus Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Faculty Advisor

Priscilla Gazarian

Site Advisor

Evelyn Garcia


Description of the problem: Obesity, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Almost 1 in every 2 Americans is considered obese. Of note, Black and Latina women bear a disproportionate burden of disease with high rates of obesity.

Available knowledge: A Prisma-guided review of the literature revealed that interventions to assist Black and Latina women in losing weight through health coaching, text messaging, and weigh-ins were effective.

Specific aims: This quality improvement project aimed to facilitate underserved Black and Latina women with a BMI greater than 30 to lose an average of 5% of their body weight by program completion.

Intervention: The improvement intervention was a provider-led obesity program consisting of group health coaching, weekly weigh-ins, and weekly, supportive text messages to help Black and Latina women with a BMI greater than 30 lose an average of 5 % of their body weight over eight weeks. The program was carried out in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in New Jersey.

Evaluation: Four clients finished the program and did lose weight. Four clients dropped out of the program.


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