Collaborate for Healthy Weight
Families, clinicians and the community must work together to promote healthy weight. Health disparity continues to be an issue when talking about healthy weight; disadvantaged and underserved communities are especially affected. Addressing this issue will require a concerted policy and programmatic response across all sectors of society, using all available levers for affecting population health. We realize there is an extensive amount of work being done to promote healthy weight and behavior change but there is still a lot of work to do. NICHQ is committed to utilizing and expanding upon the current work being done by other organizations.
Building on nearly a decade of quality improvement work in this field, NICHQ, in partnership with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and with a Consortium of organizations and individuals, is establishing a national center to focus on Healthy Weight. There will be two core activities of Collaborate for Healthy Weight. The first is to create a resource hub for information and activities designed to meet the healthy weight challenge -- a place for practice sharing, quality improvement training and general exchange of information. The second core activity for Collaborate for Healthy Weight is to organize and manage a nationwide Healthy Weight Collaborative (HWC), in which fifty trans-sectoral teams from around the country will identify, test and implement program and policy changes in their communities to achieve local healthy weight objectives. The work of these teams will continually inform and enhance the knowledge disseminated through Collaborate for Healthy Weight.
The HWC will build on the Breakthrough Series methodology, a proven approach for rapidly spreading successful changes pioneered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). A web portal will facilitate communication within and between teams, as well as provide a vehicle to report and share data about progress. Teams will meet together, either face-to-face or virtually, three times each year, and will receive support from regional technical assistance teams as well as from national faculty with expertise in prevention and treatment of obesity and improvement science. Areas of the web site will be accessible to the general public, with information, tools and resources to help communities and families maintain or achieve a healthy weight. For more information about the work NICHQ is doing visit http://www.collaborateforhealthyweight.org.
The aim of the HWC is to establish productive partnerships between health care, public health and community-based organizations. This will form the basis for sustainable, positive community, environmental, and individual health behavior change ultimately promoting healthy weight and health equity.
NICHQ will lead the program in collaboration with the following expert partners: the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), CSI Solutions, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Maine Medical Center/Let’s Go!: Maine Medical Center (MMC), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and Nemours.
Read the press release announcing this initiative.