Accelerating Improvement in Childhood Obesity

Status: Complete

WHAT: A project to engage stakeholders and identify the best clinical practices and innovative strategies being used in the United States.

WHO: The project involved nearly 400 individuals representing 100 multi-sector organizations across the United States.

WHEN: January 2005 to March 2007

FUNDER: This project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

NICHQ'S ROLE: Conducted an a strategic meeting for organizational representatives (Invitational Summit) and a public conference for front line providers (National Congress) to lay the foundation for a learning network and knowledge management system to accelerate improvement in clinical components of prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Provided best practice implementation assistance and support for frontline providers.


As a result of this project, NICHQ developed the Childhood Obesity Action Network (COAN). COAN is a listserve-based national network of healthcare professionals, quality improvement leaders, childhood obesity experts and child health advocates dedicated to eradicating obesity. Membership is open to anyone, and members can post questions, share information and resources.

To join, sign up for a free listserv membership!