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CHOICES 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

Angie Cradock, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Katie Giles, Project Manager,  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.

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

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