Grant Status: Active
Grant Title: Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)
Karen L Probert
Association of State Public Health Nutritionists
PO BOX 1001
Johnstown, PA 15907-1001
Healthy children are vital to our nation's present and its future. An important measure of the health of our nation's children is the proportion of children with a healthy weight. In fact, some child health leaders have said that childhood obesity is an indicator of overall child health. It is an indicator because the negative influences affecting weight contribute to many health problems. Despite a recent decline in the prevalence of obesity among preschool-aged children, rates of childhood overweight and obesity are higher than they should be and are affecting children today and will affect their future. Of particular concern are the disparities in obesity rates, with racial, ethnic and low-income populations and communities having the highest obesity rates and rates that continue to rise. To help improve the health of America's children, we propose developing and implementing a Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). The purpose of our CoIIN is to support and enhance the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program (Title V) in its unique role of promoting healthy weight among all children ages 0 to 21. This timing is particularly exciting given the recent transformation of Title V that will improve accountability of performance and improve impact. Our proposed Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN project will: - Capitalize on the expertise of familiar Title V-related organizations, add the expertise of some new organizations, and facilitate collaboration among these organizations - Add resources to and enhance the technical assistance of an established online technical assistance center -- the Innovation Station - Form CoIIN teams of in-state partners and facilitate networking among state teams - Develop and distribute evidence-based and evidence-informed nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding resources as needed for CoIIN teams and for state Title V programs not in the CoIIN but seeking these resources - Compliment the state team work of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN and the work of other CoIINs where relevant This application is a collaboration among several organizations essential to a successful Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN: Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, National Physical Activity Society, and Young Invincibles. Plus we have support and involvement from several child obesity, nutrition, and Title V experts.