What is the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership?
The CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership (LCP) is one way in which the CHOICES team works with health agencies to create new evidence to inform decision-making. This training, technical assistance and modeling initiative is designed to build capacity among state and local decision-makers to understand and use cost-effectiveness analysis to identify childhood obesity prevention strategies that offer the best value for money.
Who do we partner with?
The CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership (LCP) includes leaders from public health agencies and members of local stakeholder teams from selected states, cities and counties. Additional collaborators include partners from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Officials (NACCHO) who provide strategic counsel and help convene health agencies through their existing networks of members and collaborators.
LCPs have included several lead health agencies:
- Round 1: The Washington State Department of Health; West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health; and the Mississippi State Department of Health
- Round 2: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services; Oklahoma State Department of Health; and City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
- Round 3: Denver Public Health and Hospital Authority; Hawaii State Department of Health; Minnesota Department of Health; and San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
What are the key activities/components of the partnership?
Training & Technical Assistance
- The LCP operates over a 12-month project period during which the CHOICES team facilitates a series of in-person and virtual learning collaborative and technical assistance sessions that bring together state and local partners to develop skills in understanding and using cost-effectiveness analysis, and to share experiences related to developing and communicating CHOICES models and results.
- LCP teams select strategies from a list of 30 identified effective interventions that have the best available evidence for impact on dietary intake, physical activity and/or excess weight and include a range of ages, settings, and sectors, including:
School Early Care & Out of School Time Clinical Community
- The CHOICES team works with the local partner teams to identify local data to ensure that modeling results reflect the local population including current health-related behaviors and obesity-related health status as well as the actual resources, activities and costs that would be associated with local implementation of potential interventions.
- The CHOICES team then uses the CHOICES microsimulation model to predict the intervention’s impact on population health, population reach, implementation cost, health care cost savings, and potential impact on reducing health disparities over 10 years. Technical assistance with communication is provided so that LCP teams can best use their results to inform local decision-making and next steps.
What are the benefits to local partners for participating in the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership?
Through the CHOICES LCP process, state and local teams and health agencies build local capacity to understand and use cost-effectiveness analysis to identify childhood obesity prevention strategies that offer the best value for money. This partnership process helps to inform resource investment and cultivate alliances and support for future childhood obesity prevention planning. By participating in this partnership, health agencies and their relevant partners receive training and technical assistance on how to identify necessary data for a cost-effectiveness analysis, and how to interpret and communicate results to evaluate childhood obesity interventions. Many partners report that this process provides a structured format for engaging other local partners (like local education or early care agencies, community-based organizations) who may be key partners in future implementation and/or communications activities.
Dr. Rahul Gupta of West Virginia presenting at the CHOICES 2016 Leadership Panel