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.
Eliminating the Consequences of Maternal Depression
Experts from the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Medical University of South Carolina and Postpartum Support Charleston analyze the impact of maternal depression on children and families, and offer strategies health professionals can take to ensure that more mothers are screened and referred to support and resources.
Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through the Well-Child Visit
Strong parent-child relationships during the early years of life not only foster healthy brain development, but also protect the brain against the harmful effects of toxic stress that might arise from adverse childhood experiences. Here, learn about a program that pediatric health professionals can integrate into their visits to enhance healthy parent-child relationships, and support children’s cognitive and social and emotional development.
Health Professionals Need to Talk to Families About Swaddling
Swaddling babies snuggly in a blanket mimics the confines of the womb and can comfort babies and promote sleep. However, when families don’t swaddle properly it has the potential to become risky and result in injury and possible death. By improving conversations with caregivers, health professionals can help reduce risks and support tired parents. Here, find four points to cover in your conversations.
It Takes a Community to Save Babies
By partnering with community programs and organizations, public health initiatives can give families opportunities to learn about safe sleep from trusted members of their community who share their lived experience. Here, find six strategies for engaging community partners, maintaining that partnership, and collaborating to raise awareness.
Fathers: Powerful Allies for Maternal and Child Health
Supporting father engagement and involvement is a critical opportunity to improve children’s health outcomes in the decades to come, says NICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns. Here, he describes three strategies for supporting fathers as powerful allies in maternal and child health outcomes.
Pediatricians Partnering with Families: Three Ideas for Effective Partnerships
One of the most powerful partnerships for improving children’s health is the partnership between parents and pediatrics. When this partnership is successful, pediatric health professionals can support parents on multiple fronts—providing preventive care and explaining what parents can expect as their children grow, advising parents on how to support their child’s social and emotional development and, when necessary, connecting families with supportive services and resources. Find three strategies to enhance this partnership here.