As part of the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention’s Prevention in Focus webinar series, Dr. Steve Gortmaker will present on January 19, 2023 at 12:00pm Eastern about cost-effective interventions to prevent obesity and chronic disease and improve health equity. Register here.
Prevention in Focus Webinar Series: Cost Effective Interventions That Can Prevent Obesity and Chronic Disease, and Improve Health Equity*
About the Webinar
As obesity prevalence continues to increase in the United States, along with widening disparities, and social and commercial determinants of health and structural racism continue their influence, interventions with good evidence for implementation and effectiveness have attracted attention. Decision makers are interested in what they can change to improve child nutrition, physical activity, health-related outcomes, and health equity, along with getting the best value for dollars spent.
In this session, Dr. Gortmaker discusses how the CHOICES (Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study) team has evaluated a broad range of strategies for their impact on population health, health equity, and cost-effectiveness. Metrics for effectively communicating health-related outcomes and health equity are highlighted. Interventions include those already effectively implemented such as the WIC food package change (2009), the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) (2012), nationwide calorie labeling in fast food locations (2018), and sugary drink excise taxes. Dr. Gortmaker also discusses the CHOICES team’s learning collaborative partnership work with 21 city, county, and state health departments and their community partners, and the CHOICES Community of Practice. Results indicate two different pathways that can lead to success at cost-effectively improving overall population health and health equity.
*A recording of this webinar will be available approximately two weeks after the session.
Steve Gortmaker, Ph.D.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health