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9
May

CHOICES Cost-Effectiveness Research to be Featured at 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference

We’re excited to announce that CHOICES cost-effectiveness research will be the focus of two sessions at the upcoming  9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, (May 30th – June 2nd). Both sessions will demonstrate how the CHOICES model can provide public health practitioners, policymakers, and others with information on costs, savings, health impact, and demographic impact on health disparities of a variety of childhood obesity interventions. Session details are below.

Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 (Pre-conference session)
Time: 1 – 5 PM PT
*Sign-up required when participants register

Session Title: The Most Bang for Your Buck: Using CHOICES’ Cost-Effectiveness Methods

Description: Researchers from Harvard and George Washington University will lead participants in exploring how cost-effectiveness analysis can be used by state and local health agencies to demonstrate for decision makers the cost and health care cost savings of programs and policies designed to support healthy eating and physical activity. Presenters will discuss and share tools to help participants understand standard practices of cost-effectiveness analysis using the CHOICES model, including how to:

  • evaluate and quantify evidence for impact on health;
  • assess population reach; and
  • analyze principals of costing intervention implementation

Participants:
Angie Cradock, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Katie Giles, Project Manager, Harvard Prevention Research Center  on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Michael Long, Assistant Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University


Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM – noon PT

Session Title:
Reversing Disparities in Obesity: Cost-Effective Strategies to Promote Health Equity

Description: Dr. Steven Gortmaker will discuss the CHOICES model for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of programs and policies intended to reduce childhood obesity. Additionally, two of CHOICES Learning Collaborative state health agency partners, from Washington and Mississippi, will share how the results of CHOICES analysis can help in state decision making on program/policy selection and implementation. Additionally, the session will convey how the model can specifically quantify improvements in population health as well as reductions in racial/ethnic and income disparities in childhood obesity.

Participants:
Steven Gortmaker, Professor, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health

Janna Bardi, Assistant Secretary for the Prevention and Community Health Division , Washington State Department of Health
Keaton Hughes, Epidemiologist, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health

Moderator:
Emily Welker, Research Associate, Healthy Eating Research Group, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University

25
Apr

Examining the cost-effectiveness and impact of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Illinois

A CHOICES analysis projects that the proposed SSB excise tax policy in Illinois will prevent thousands of cases of childhood and adult obesity, prevent new cases of diabetes, increase healthy life years and save more in future health care costs than it costs to implement. Revenue from the tax can be used for education and health promotion efforts. Implementing the tax could also serve as a powerful social signal to reduce sugar consumption. The additional $0.01/ounce tax on SSBs and diet beverages passed in Cook County would result in an even greater impact on heath outcomes and health care cost savings for Cook County residents not modeled in this analysis.

[Read the Full Brief]

21
Apr

New Opportunity to Partner with the CHOICES Team in 2017

The CHOICES team is now accepting applications from state, city, and county health agencies to partner together to examine the cost effectiveness of selected childhood obesity initiatives. The expected impact of this partnership will be to engage decision makers and promote discussion and action to ensure that more of our scarce local, state, and national public health resources are directed towards more cost-effective interventions. (more…)

13
Mar

CHOICES Project collaborates with decision-makers nationwide to foster cost-effectiveness analysis in childhood obesity prevention

CHOICES Learning Collaborative PartnershipThe CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership aims to build capacity among state and local decision-makers to choose and implement cost-effective obesity prevention strategies. (more…)

14
Dec

Examining the cost-effectiveness and impact of a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax in 15 US cities

The CHOICES project examined the cost-effectiveness and impact of a one cent per ounce city excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the 15 largest US cities (with the authority to implement such a tax). In total, researchers project that these municipal taxes would prevent 115,000 cases of childhood and adult obesity in 2025, prevent many new cases of diabetes, increase healthy life years, and save more in future health care costs than the intervention costs to implement.

See the brief for full summary results, as well as individual results for each of the 15 cities: (more…)

31
Oct

CHOICES Research at APHA 2016

APHA_Logo_2016Attending APHA 2016? CHOICES research will be featured during the following presentations (links to session and presentation descriptions):  (more…)

27
Oct

Examining the cost-effectiveness and impact of a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax in four U.S. cities

The CHOICES project examined the cost-effectiveness and impact of proposed sugar-sweetened beverage excise taxes in Albany, Oakland, and San Francisco, CA, as well as Boulder, CO. In each of the four cities, the analysis found that the proposed policy would prevent cases of childhood and adult obesity, prevent new cases of diabetes, increase healthy life years, and save more in future healthcare costs than it would cost to implement. (more…)

17
Oct

CHOICES research at National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting

Logo for National Academy of Medicine Annual MeetingOn October 17, 2016, Dr. Steven Gortmaker will discuss CHOICES methods and research at the National Academy of Medicine’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. (more…)

17
Jun

CHOICES Research Cited in Philadelphia Soda Tax Media Coverage

Two months ago, the CHOICES Project released a brief examining the cost-effectiveness and impact of the proposed three-cents-per-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Philadelphia. The analysis—which found that the policy would prevent thousands of cases of childhood and adult obesity, prevent new cases of diabetes, increase the number of healthy years lived by residents, and save more in future healthcare costs than it would cost to implement—was frequently cited in media coverage leading up to the June city council vote on the tax: (more…)

1
Jun

New Opportunity to Partner with the CHOICES Team

(Update: Note this application period has ended)

The CHOICES team is now accepting applications from state, city, and county health agencies to partner together to examine the cost effectiveness of selected childhood obesity initiatives. The expected impact of this partnership will be to engage decision makers and promote discussion and action to ensure that more of our scarce local, state, and national public health resources are directed towards more cost-effective interventions. (more…)

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