232083 A Framework to Inform Obesity Prevention Decision Making

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD MPH , Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
The obesity epidemic poses major challenges for policy makers, public health professionals, and other decision makers. When decisive action is taken to address this epidemic they need evidence to explain why the actions are needed and to help them determine what actions to take and how to go about them. The Institute of Medicine's Bridging the Evidence Gap in Obesity Prevention: A Framework to Inform Decision Making, which was funded by Kaiser Permanente, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides readers with a practical, action-oriented framework to guide the use of evidence in decision making about obesity prevention policies and programs and the generation of new and relevant evidence. Dr. Kumanyika will discuss the main audiences for the report; the key questions the committee sought to answer; the committee's findings after reviewing and analyzing the existing evidence base on community, environmental, and policy-based initiatives; and how those findings helped to inspire the development and implementation of key innovations in thinking about, using, and developing evidence. She will also talk about the role of diverse stakeholders—funders, research institutions, journal editors, and professional organizations—in assisting decision makers and researchers to find and use the best available evidence and generate new evidence using the proposed framework.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Biostatistics, economics
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the current status of the evidence base and its use in informing decisions on community, environmental, and policy-based obesity prevention interventions. Describe a framework to find and use the best available evidence on obesity prevention to inform policy decisions, and to generate further evidence to inform future decision making.

Keywords: Obesity, Decision-Making

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I Chaired the IOM committee that developed one of the tools that will be discussed during the session.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.