At the upcoming National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Steven Gortmaker will discuss cost-effectiveness and improving translation of research policy into practice.
At the upcoming American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2017 National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, IL, CHOICES will be the main feature of a plenary session discussing the 5 most cost-effective strategies to prevent childhood obesity. Dr. Steven Gortmaker will also discuss results from 2 papers now in press that examine important issues for clinicians working to both prevent and treat childhood obesity. Sessions details are below.
Harvard Public Health magazine highlights the CHOICES project and our cost-effectiveness analysis model in a feature article about the obesity epidemic. Team lead, Steve Gortmaker, and new team member, Sara Bleich, had the opportunity to discuss the nature of the epidemic, the cost-effective options available to halt the problem, and how to talk about obesity prevention policy in an effective way. See how the piece highlights the CHOICES model:
“…Over the past two years, Harvard Chan’s Steve Gortmaker and his colleagues have been working with state health departments in Alaska, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Washington, and West Virginia and with the city of Philadelphia and other locales, building cost-effectiveness models using local data for a wide variety of interventions—from improved early child care to healthy school environments to communitywide campaigns. “We collaborate with health departments and community stakeholders, provide them with the evidence base, help assess how much different options cost, model the results over a decade, and they pick what they want to work on. One constant that we’ve seen—and these are very different political environments—is a strong interest in cost-effectiveness,” he says… Gortmaker is one of the leaders of a collaborative modeling effort known as CHOICES—for Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study—an acronym that seems a pointed rebuttal to the reflexive conservative argument that government regulation tramples individual choice.” Read the full article here.
“A CHOICES analysis projects that the proposed tax policy 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.”
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.
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.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS for CHOICES 2017 LEARNING COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP IS NOW CLOSED.
Thank you for your interest in the opportunity to work with us. The CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership is an opportunity for 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…)