The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) 360 Annual Conference is virtual again this year. CHOICES team members Angie Cradock and Molly Garrone will participate in a live session on Wednesday, June 30, along with partners from the Houston Health Department and NACCHO. This session will highlight the CHOICES Community of Practice, and the resources, tools, and opportunities that are available to local health agency staff to help them prioritize strategies to promote healthy weight for kids, make more informed decision-making, and engage in strategic and meaningful partnerships. Register now to attend our session!
Session Title: The CHOICES Community of Practice: Tools & Resources to Make More Informed Decision-Making to Promote Healthy Weight for Kids
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 30 from 3:45pm – 4:45pm Eastern
Description: Many health departments face challenges and limited resources for addressing this problem, particularly when selecting and prioritizing programs and policies that are both evidence-based and cost-effective. This session will describe how the CHOICES Community of Practice online platform can serve as a resource center to learn how cost-effectiveness analysis can advance efforts to promote healthy weight in their state, county, and/or city. Since 2015, the CHOICES Project at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has worked with 21 states, counties, and cities to evaluate childhood obesity prevention programs and policies through the Learning Collaborative Partnership (LCP). The CHOICES Project is excited to offer an exciting new opportunity to state and local health agency staff that our organizations have been working on together: the CHOICES Community of Practice. The goal of this community is to support efforts to promote healthy weight in states, counties, and cities by providing tools, resources, and opportunities to those working in chronic disease prevention, healthy eating, and/or active living. Tools and resources available through the online platform are organized into three key focus areas: promoting healthy weight, understanding cost-effectiveness analysis, and applying the CHOICES framework. Some of these tools include success stories from the CHOICES Project’s work with local health departments, such as with partners in Colorado and Oklahoma. A member directory is also available to facilitate meaningful connections and networking with other members.
- Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE, Principal Research Scientist, Deputy Director, Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Molly Garrone, MA, Communications Associate, Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Peter Holtgrave, MPH, MA, Senior Director, Public Health Infrastructure and Systems, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Carra Moroni, MEd, Senior Staff Analyst, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Houston Health Department
- Harumi Reis-Reilly, MS, CNS, LDN, CHES, IBCLC, Lead Program Analyst, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)