Getting the most bang for your public health policy buck

Logo for Active Living ResearchAngie Cradock, ScD and CHOICES colleagues presented a session on cost-effectiveness analysis on February 22, 2015 at the Active Living Research Annual Conference.

Together with Katie Giles, MPH and Jessica Barrett, MPH, Dr. Cradock walked participants step-by-step through the CHOICES process and demonstrated, through examples of physical activity policies, how effectiveness, reach, and cost interact in a cost-effectiveness analysis.

Participants worked together in teams, with guidance from CHOICES team members, on physical activity policies and programs that might be implemented in schools, after school programs, child care programs and community settings, developing a framework for how these initiatives might be implemented at a national level. The teams then defined and enumerated the population reached by the proposed interventions. After presenters described key principles and processes for identifying the costs associated with interventions, participants worked together in teams to apply these to specific interventions.