Healthy Care for Healthy Kids

Status: Complete

WHAT: A project to reduce childhood obesity by enabling pediatric primary care practices to prevent, identify and treat overweight children.

WHO: The collaborative involved 18 Massachusetts-based pediatric practices and community health centers.

WHEN: December 2004 to May 2006

FUNDER: This project was funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

NICHQ'S ROLE: Convened an expert panel to develop a care model for the treatment of pediatric overweight/obesity and a curriculum for teaching pediatric practices how to implement the model. Facilitated a Breakthrough Series learning collaborative for practices to learn how to use quality improvement methodology to implement the care model.

Having an Impact

The Healthy Care for Healthy Kids project was successful in establishing a standard model of care for the prevention and identification of overweight children in pediatric and family practices. The model can be successfully implemented in the annual well-child visit and offers a first step in the treatment of overweight children.

Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Obesity Toolkit

Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Toolkit

NICHQ, along with teams from Healthy Care for Healthy Kids, developed a toolkit to assist primary care practice teams in providing coordinated, integrated and multidisciplinary services to both prevent obesity and improve care for children who are already overweight or at risk for becoming overweight.