263149 How to Build a Public/Private Partnership that Supports Healthy Communities: Lessons Learned from the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

JuliAnna Arnett, BA , San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego, CA
Childhood obesity is a complex health issue with a variety of causes that go beyond factors that individual families can control. To successfully address childhood obesity, leaders must address the social and environmental factors that contribute to this crisis. Effective obesity prevention at the community level necessitates efforts by a variety of stakeholders across multiple sectors to create healthier environments, coordinated by strategic leadership. Established in 2006, the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (Initiative) is a public/private partnership that has engaged community partners from multiple sectors (government; healthcare; schools; early childhood; community; media; and business) to work together to impact childhood obesity through environmental, systems and policy change in a county of 3.2 million. With centralized coordination and leadership by a non-profit organization (Community Health Improvement Partners), leaders from hundreds of agencies and organizations have voluntarily stepped forward to guide work in and across sectors and engage colleagues while checking their individual agendas at the door. This tremendous effort has resulted in significant policy change at the city and county levels, implementation of obesity prevention strategies and environmental changes, development of best practice models, and leveraging of millions of dollars in funding to support obesity prevention throughout San Diego County. This session will describe the steps that led to development of this thriving multi-sectoral obesity prevention coalition; strategies for successful engagement of traditional and non-traditional partners; methods to assure sustainability; challenges that have been encountered and ways to overcome them; and lessons learned during the past six years.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Articulate the steps necessary to create a robust, multi-disciplinary partnership focused on preventing obesity by creating healthier communities through policy development and environmental change.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Senior Manager for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI). I have been with the COI for more than five years, and I have played a critical in the COI's development, strategic direction, and partner engagement. In my tenure, I have helped develop the capacity of COI partner organizations in preventing and reducing obesity through practice-based strategies that increase the community's ability to engage in physical activity and access healthy food.
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.