244337 Healthy Weight Prevention Center Web Platform: The virtual foundation of a national quality improvement effort to promote healthy weight

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:10 PM

Karthika Streb, MPH , National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, Boston, MA
Kimberly A. Harris, MM , National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, Boston, MA
Rachel Sachs Steele, MEd , National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, Boston, MA
Communication within a trans-sectoral team and with a larger community of like teams is a key feature of improvement. By sharing best practices, innovations, and tools, teams can greatly enhance their work. We will showcase the sentinel features of the web platform created for the Healthy Weight Prevention Center, a collaboration of HRSA and NICHQ. The Healthy Weight Collaborative brings together 50+ teams from communities nationwide; each multi-sector team represents stakeholders from public health, the community, and clinical care. The initiative's health education web platform will serve as the basis for a nationwide quality improvement effort to improve promotion of healthy weight across each participating community and for vetting and sharing of tools nationwide. The platform contains different views for information sharing by individual teams, the collaborative as a whole, and the general public. For teams, the portal facilitates communication among team members that may not be co-located, allowing for updates at the team level. At the next level, the portal will allow for communication among different collaborative teams, including best practice and innovation sharing and problem solving within the larger group. For the collaborative as a whole, the platform will provide a vehicle to report and share data about progress within the collaborative group and with partnering organizations. In addition to its central role in collaborative team efforts, areas of the web site will be accessible to the general public, with information, vetted tools and resources to help communities and families maintain or achieve a healthy weight.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify the key features of an information system that supports quality improvement across geographic regions and disciplines 2.Describe technology-based strategies for reviewing and sharing health education tools. 3.Define the different levels at which information sharing and quality improvement can be supported by a web platform.

Keywords: Obesity, Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a principal investigator in charge of supervising the management and substance of the research project being presented
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.