Collaborate for Healthy Weight

Status: Complete

WHAT: A groundbreaking initiative that brought together teams of primary care providers, public health professionals and leaders of community organizations to identify, test and evaluate evidence-based interventions and promising practices to prevent and treat obesity and overweight at the community level.

WHO: The collaborative involved a total of 49 teams from across the United States.

WHEN: September 2010 to February 2013

FUNDER: This project was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Partners for this work included: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Kaiser Permanente, Maine Medical Center, National Association of Community Health Centers, National Association of County and City Health Officials, and Nemours.

OUR ROLE: Facilitated a Breakthrough Series learning collaborative to apply quality improvement methodology to obesity prevention. Provided an environment for rapid-cycle testing and the robust exchange of ideas with the support of world-class obesity and quality improvement experts.


Learn even more about the work the Collaborate for Healthy Weight teams accomplished by watching some of our project stories.

Title: Fighting Obesity with Local Solutions
Produced By: NICHQ

Title: Stronger Partnerships, Healthier Futures
Produced By: NICHQ


Phase 1 Project Report

This report, Joining Forces for Healthier Communities, presents examples of how 10 teams in the Collaborate for Healthy Weight project brought together primary care providers, public health professionals, and leaders of community organizations to work across traditional professional borders to address obesity at the community level.


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Free Obesity Prevention Strategy Guide

The Collaborative Action Now to Defeat Obesity (CAN DO) Playbook helps primary care, public health and community leaders work together at a local level to defeat obesity. Through interactive exercises, the CAN DO Playbook teaches proven, field-tested improvement strategies for the many settings that influence health, including schools, clinics, hospitals and communities. Plus, an online community connected to the Playbook lets participants share ideas, get help and network with others passionate about improving their community’s health.