A New Primer for PCPs on Starting a Healthy Weight Clinic

Posted April 21, 2016 by Josh Grant

Healthy Weight Clinic Guide Resource
The Healthy Weight Clinic Guide will help healthcare providers address childhood obesity through a community-based approach.
Developed as part of the Mass in Motion Kids Learning Collaborative, NICHQ’s new Healthy Weight Clinic Guide teaches providers how they can develop, implement and maintain community-based pediatric healthy weight clinics. The Healthy Weight Clinic Guide is an opportunity for healthcare providers, families and children to address obesity together and promote healthy living.

“A community-based approach to a healthy weight clinic empowers children and their families to make choices that lead to long-term health benefits,” says NICHQ Director of Programs Meghan Johnson, MSc. “This guide will help healthcare providers understand how to get started in creating their own clinics, as well as how to guide children toward healthy lifestyles.”

The goal of pediatric-based healthy weight clinics is to bring services similar to those offered in tertiary care centers to additional settings. Access and availability to the right healthcare and education are two challenges facing many families who want to learn how to lead healthy lifestyles.

“If healthy weight clinics are done in lots of different primary care settings all over the country, there is an opportunity to dramatically increase weight management access and capacity for affected children and adolescents,” says Vincent Biggs, MD, a faculty member for the Mass in Motion Kids Learning Collaborative, and guide author.

The Healthy Weight Clinic Guide includes best practices providers can follow to get started, such as:
  • Staffing: The key personnel and their roles within the clinic
  • Space: How to organize a setting for the staff and patients
  • Equipment: The pieces of equipment necessary to take accurate measurements
  • Tools: Forms and EHR templates for appointments and assessments
  • Training: Specific training programs and guides for specialized care
  • Scheduling: The frequency of patient visits and duration
Beyond the initial planning stages, the guide details everything from understanding the patient experience to gaining leadership support. These recommendations and tips should help reduce planning so providers can start addressing childhood obesity faster.

“The hope for this guide is to make it easier for primary care providers to have evidence-based tools, like healthy weight plans, readily accessible,” says Biggs. “It allows primary care providers to spend less time getting their clinics up and running without sacrificing sustainability.”

Learn more about the Mass in Motion Kids Learning Collaborative


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