241755 Policy initiatives in a childhood obesity prevention consortium: Lessons learned for multi-member organizations

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:30 AM

Christine Bozlak, PhD, MPH , Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH , Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Childrens Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH , Center for Obesity Management and Prevention, Children's Memorial Research Center, Childrens Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC; www.clocc.net) is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention consortium comprised of hundreds of organizations working to alleviate the Chicago childhood obesity epidemic. The need for policy and environmental change strategies in public health is well-documented and widely accepted. This presentation will detail the policy work of CLOCC, including the special considerations taken when advocating on behalf of a consortium with many partners. The presentation will include a description of CLOCC's Policy Review Protocol, a deliberative process used by CLOCC staff and its multidisciplinary/multi-sector Executive Committee to make decisions on specific policy-related initiatives. This protocol is increasingly adopted for use by CLOCC's partner organizations. The presentation will also detail CLOCC's involvement in helping to create, grow, and sustain the City of Chicago's Inter-Departmental Task Force on Childhood Obesity, which now includes thirteen city governmental agencies. A description of CLOCC's policy and advocacy work with local community-based organizations, including faith-based institutions, will be provided. The presentation will conclude with the national unveiling of CLOCC's new Policy Agenda, as well as details of the year-long participatory process used for its development.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a childhood obesity prevention consortiumís multi-faceted approach to policy and advocacy; 2. Identify a Policy Review Protocol that can be utilized by consortia (and other multi-member organizations) in making policy-related decisions; 3. Discuss the role an external organization can play in creating a multidisciplinary city governmental agency task force committed to a public health issue; 4. Explain a participatory process to create a consortiumís policy agenda.

Keywords: Child Health Promotion, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Advocacy Program Manager for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), and I oversee all policy work for CLOCC.
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.