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Health Affairs Article Calls for Engagement by Entire Health Care Community to Address Obesity Epidemic

March 2007

An article by Charles Homer, CEO of The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, and Lisa Simpson, National Director of Child Health Policy, is featured in the March/April 2007 special edition of Health Affairs focused on children's health. The article, titled “Childhood Obesity: What’s Health Care Policy Got to Do with It?” comments on a report in the same issue by William Dietz and Jason Lee on work being done in childhood obesity by health plans.

The article firmly endorses the efforts by health plans in this area, and calls for much broader engagement by all elements of the healthcare community in addressing this epidemic. Homer and Simpson present a strong case for public and personal health systems to collaborate in their efforts, with the goal of maximizing program outcomes through shared learning and coordination. They advocate for several key health policy efforts, including enhanced reimbursement, training and tools to support healthcare activities.

The article also highlights NICHQ's work over the past year, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to identify promising healthcare practices and policies. It points to the upcoming launch of the Childhood Obesity Action Network, which will continue to identify and share promising practices and policies.
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