Be Our Voice

Status: Complete

WHAT: A project to develop a series of national resources and training curriculum to support the engagement and training of healthcare professionals to become advocates for obesity prevention within their communities.

WHO: Teams in seven healthcare organizations from Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas trained directly with NICHQ. The teams then went on to train more than 350 healthcare professionals in their communities.

WHEN: May 2009 to August 2011 (Phase 1); September 2011 to August 2012 (Phase 2)

FUNDER: This project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and run in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Medical Association Foundation and the RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

NICHQ'S ROLE: In Phase 1, led the development of training materials and 18 train-the-trainer sessions. In Phase 2, led the sharing of the online Be Our Voice advocacy training to healthcare professionals nationwide (see the course below).


Obesity Prevention Advocacy Training

Obesity Prevention Advocacy Training

NICHQ's Obesity Prevention Advocacy Training seeks to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic across the nation by training and supporting healthcare professionals in becoming advocates for policy and environmental systems change within their communities. This dynamic, interactive online program provides healthcare professionals with information about how they can become advocates for obesity prevention policy change, an opportunity to practice newly developed skills in a simulated community, access to a virtual Q&A system with videos from trained advocates, and guidance on how to create a personal Advocacy Plan to direct their advocacy work.

Online Advocacy Training Through The Be Our Voice Project

 To access the course, choose from the 5 sections below:

  1. Be Our Voice: Introduction External Link
  2. Be Our Voice: eBook External Link
  3. Be Our Voice: Be The Advocate External Link
  4. Be Our Voice: Advocacy Plan Creator External Link
  5. Be Our Voice: Ask An Advocate External Link


Be Our Voice Phase 1 - Celebrating Our Success

The first two years of the Be Our Voice project focused in eight communities in the southern United States most affected by the childhood obesity epidemic. In this video, teams from each site share their successes. SourceExternal Link