Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment (CHOPT) Projects
Two projects that analyze Medicaid programs that are designed to prevent and treat childhood obesity to learn how they affect families and identify promising practices.
May 2016 to November 2016
- Who: Participants included stakeholders in obesity prevention and treatment nationwide, including healthcare providers and families.
- Funder: The projects were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Medicaid Innovation
- Our Role: Conducted face-to-face interviews with families who participate in childhood obesity prevention and treatment programs. The interviews informed the creation of a toolkit for innovative and promising programs to reduce childhood obesity in the Medicaid population. Convened a meeting of the CHOPT advisory committee, key stakeholders and families to create a discussion about childhood obesity and define strategies for prevention and treatment programs.
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