240313 Collaborating for Impact: The Partnership Model of A Multi-level Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:00 AM

Tara Agrawal, MS , Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Jessica Hoffman, PhD, NCSP , Department of Counseling & Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Urmi Bhaumik, MBBS, MS, DSc , Office of Child Advocacy, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Christine Locke Healey, MPH , Office of Child Advocacy, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Sonia Carter, MN , Nutrition, ABCD Head Start & Children's Services, Boston, MA
Diane Joyce , Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Boston, MA
Deborah Dickerson, CSW , Office of Child Advocacy, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Shari Nethersole, MD , Office of Child Advocacy, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa, MD, PhD , Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Nearly 15% of low-income preschool age children are obese. Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF) is a multilevel, early childhood, obesity prevention initiative in Boston, Massachusetts supported by a partnership among Children's Hospital Boston, The Boston Red Sox, Northeastern University, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. Head Start, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families. As one of the only early childhood obesity prevention initiatives in Boston, HKHF uses a viable partnership model that brings together major institutions' missions and resources to address childhood obesity. Beginning in 2009, the HKHF partners established a partnership model to support the initiative's programmatic activities. Key elements of the model include a Memorandum of Understanding among partners, a designated operating framework, and two inter-institutional working teams. In the first two years, HKHF engaged over 500 caregivers and young children and 72 early childcare staff in programming, training and education related to childhood obesity prevention. Evidence of initial impact includes: improved capacity of early childhood providers to develop strategies to prevent childhood obesity among preschool age children and their families; increased opportunities for caregivers of young children to build skills that support informed and healthful food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced recreational screen time; and increased opportunities for young children to be physically active with their families in safe, accessible and age-appropriate settings. HKHF has demonstrated concrete, positive results that can be replicated as well as key lessons learned related to coordination, communication, leadership, and accountability in developing strong institutional partnerships for community health.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the partnership model of a multi-level early childhood obesity prevention initiative. 2. Recognize how attention to process in partnership development can be used as a strategy to establish strong community health partnerships across various institutional partners. 3. Understand the challenges faced and identify strengthening elements related to partnership coordination, communication, leadership, and accountability within community health partnerships.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present beacuse I serve as the Project Manager for the Healthy kids, Healthy Futures partnership and have extensive experience in community health programming and policy development.
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.