Massachusetts-CHOICES Project

Project Description

A teacher sitting in a classroom with six elementary school students. They are sitting in chairs arranged in a circle, playing a game, stretching their arms in the air.As a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity’s Core Research Project is the Massachusetts-CHOICES Project.

The purpose of the Massachusetts-CHOICES Project (2019 – 2024) is to work collaboratively with community partners, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), to develop a playbook of 10-14 top strategies to promote healthy weight and study how cost-effectiveness metrics are used by partners throughout the state. This work builds off of the CHOICES Project.

This project has four key aims:

  1. Conduct formative research with community partners to determine the acceptability and feasibility of select cost-effective evidence-based state and local intervention strategies to reduce obesity and reduce disparities in obesity.
  2. Utilize a learning collaborative implementation strategy to build knowledge and self-efficacy of state and local health agency staff and community partners to employ cost, effect, population reach, cost-effectiveness, and health disparity concepts and methods.
  3. Gather local data with partners and develop microsimulation models to estimate cost-effectiveness and health disparity metrics for 10+ child and adult obesity intervention strategies for Massachusetts and Boston over the years 2019-2029.
  4. Use mixed methods to assess the adoption of selected interventions and cost-effectiveness concepts.

The lessons learned in this project will provide valuable insights for other states and cities on adoption of evidence-based obesity prevention interventions and cost-effectiveness decision-making and strategic planning. The HPRC plans to disseminate findings broadly to academic, policy, and community audiences and promote the translation of this research to achieve large-scale adoption.

Investigators: Steven Gortmaker, PhD, Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE, Rebekka Lee, ScD
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U48DP006376)
Contact: Angie Cradock


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Last updated:  February 15, 2024