Online Program

Engaging Tribal Policymakers to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in a Multicomponent Obesity Prevention Study

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Brittany Jock, MHS, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Marla Pardilla, MPH, MSW, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rates of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases of any ethnic group in the United States. While policy is increasingly being investigated as a valuable tool for promoting healthy eating and increased physical activity, there is a paucity of this research and investigation in tribal government settings. The OPREVENT2 trial is a planned multi-institutional obesity prevention program (with intervention components working with stores, worksites, schools, mass media, and policymakers) to improve access to healthy foods and increase physical activity for six American Indian communities (3 intervention, 3 delayed intervention). Formative research for the OPREVENT2 trial will focus on developing a policy intervention component in partnership with tribal policymakers and piloting this new component in two communities prior to the OPREVENT2 intervention. Formative research will focus on addressing barriers to developing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion policies and working with tribal leaders to address these barriers using community-based participatory research methods. The policy-based intervention will facilitate the development of tribal or community-level and/or institutional policies (for stores, schools, and worksites) to promote healthy eating and physical activity by providing capacity building as well as assist in evaluating currently enacted policies aiming to impact obesity in participating communities.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the design of a planned multicomponent obesity prevention trial that will develop a policy component focusing on partnership with tribal policymakers.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I will be presenting much of the planned work for my dissertation and am also one of the co-investigators for the planned study. I have had training in epidemiology in my master's and have received training on the development of public health programs during my doctoral studies. Among my scientific interests has been the development of policy-based obesity prevention strategies, community-based participatory research methods, and ethics of studying vulnerable populations.
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.