As part of the Network's 2007 strategic planning process and capacity development activities, four interrelated goals were identified to provide the framework for AACORN's research agenda.
- Foster "solution-oriented"¹ research to address obesity and weight related health issues in African American communities.
- Provide a unique source of peer support, career coaching, research training and direction for early-career scholars and research trainees.
- Influence policy in the area of public health care research and delivery, as they relate to obesity and chronic diseases.
- Develop sustainable community-based networks for participatory research.
1 "Solution-oriented" is an alternative approach that complements the more typical, "problem-oriented" research by conceptualizing research questions and designing studies in ways that make the results more relevant to policy and practice and generates them in a more timely manner. See Robinson, TN, Sirard JR. Preventing childhood obesity: a Solution-oriented research paradigm. Am J Prev Med. 2005;28(2 Supp 2):194-201.