Alex Adams MD, PhD

Associate Professor
(608) 265-4671
Alumni Hall

Dr. Alex Adams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, part of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She is currently practicing at The UW Pediatric Fitness Clinic in Madison. Dr. Adams completed her MD in 1994 and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences in 1997 at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, IL. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Wisconsin in 1997. Her special interests include pediatric nutritional problems, obesity, metabolic syndrome and indigenous diets and health.

She has been working in partnership with Wisconsin Tribes and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Epi-Center for the past 9 years on a variety of projects to examine and reduce the prevalence of pediatric obesity with the aim of reducing the risk of future cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Currently, she devotes most of her time on a family based intervention project to reduce obesity and cardiac risk factors in American Indian children; Healthy Children, Strong Families (HCSF). This participatory research project is a randomized controlled trial examining the effect of a home visiting intervention on reducing metabolic risk and improving lifestyles in the children and their primary caregivers. A participatory research process is being used throughout all phases so that community and academic researchers work together on data collection, analysis and dissemination.

Support for these projects comes from a Wisconsin Partnerships Fund grant to the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) as well as a Native American Research Centers for Health (GLNARCH) grant awarded to GLITC. Dr. Adams is the academic partner on both of these grants. In addition, Dr. Adams has had several NIH grants funding her research with a recent NIH U-01 award.

Dr. Adams is an active member of the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Health and of WIPAN-the statewide public health organization working for healthy lifestyles in Wisconsin. Dr. Adams feels that prevention of obesity in American Indian and other children at high risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes is essential. Prevention strategies designed in partnership with the community have the best chance for success. Please see links below.

Research Programs:
Healthy Children, Strong Families
WINGS: Obesity Prevention in American Indian Children