Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment (CHOPT) Projects
Two projects that analyze Medicaid programs that are designed to prevent and treat childhood obesity to learn how they affect families and identify promising practices.
May 2016 to November 2016
- Who: Participants included stakeholders in obesity prevention and treatment nationwide, including healthcare providers and families.
- Funder: The projects were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Medicaid Innovation
- Our Role: Conducted face-to-face interviews with families who participate in childhood obesity prevention and treatment programs. The interviews informed the creation of a toolkit for innovative and promising programs to reduce childhood obesity in the Medicaid population. Convened a meeting of the CHOPT advisory committee, key stakeholders and families to create a discussion about childhood obesity and define strategies for prevention and treatment programs.
New Roadmap Provides Framework for Engaging Patient and Family Partners in Quality Improvement
Patient and family partnerships are an essential element of health equity. By supporting patient and family voices and encouraging space for collaboration, public health professionals can help ensure shared vision and values are at the forefront of determining solutions to improve a community’s health outcomes. The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and the Florida Department of Health Office of Children’s Medical and Specialty Services have recently developed a Roadmap to Inviting, Engaging, and Including Patient/Family Partners in Quality Improvement and Other Related Initiatives.
Supporting the Whole Family: Fathers in Infant Health Outcomes
Cam, a father in Massachusetts, wants to lift the message that supporting the whole family is essential to child development. After becoming a father at 16, Cam connected to some community-based resources but says that more targeted efforts should be made available to fathers. Here, he shares a story that raises issues about fathers’ barriers to support and resources — and the impact of their engagement on child health outcomes.
Using Pediatric Group Visits to Promote Social Emotional Development
Boston Children’s Hospital launched an innovative pilot program focused on using group pediatric visits for 2 ½ year old children to provide parents with enhanced guidance around supporting children’s social emotional development.
How 101 Communities Are Closing the Disparity Gap in Maternal and Child Health
Persistent and unacceptable disparities in infant mortality and perinatal outcomes affect the health of families in every state in the nation. For the past 30 years, the federal Healthy Start program has provided integral maternal and child health services in communities disproportionately impacted by negative birth outcomes. Now, NICHQ is working with all 101 Healthy Start community sites to harness lessons learned, implement innovative approaches to improvement, and ultimately start to close the disparity gap in maternal and infant health.
Using an Equity Lens to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Louisiana
Louisiana has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. And troublingly, Black women are dying from pregnancy-related deaths at over four times the rate of white women. According to a recent report, more than half of these deaths could have been prevented by making a system change, either at the patient, community, or hospital level. These findings illustrate the enormous potential that quality improvement initiatives have for reducing maternal mortality in Louisiana and eliminating the Black-white disparity in maternal deaths. Here, the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative shares seven opportunities for improvement.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Kelly Edwards
Each month, we’re shining a spotlight on a NICHQ employee, asking them to share their memories, advice, and goals. Here, Project Manager Kelly Edwards, MPH, reminds us to start small when working on QI projects and shares a funny story about how a bucket of seafood inspired her gratitude for her team.