The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) was selected by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) employees as one of the department’s best innovations this year.
More than 10,000 HHS employees voted to select six finalists from a pool of 126 innovations submitted for consideration. Secretary Sebelius then selected NCCOR as one of three candidates to receive “Secretary’s Pick” awards.
NCCOR brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture—to address the problem of childhood obesity in America.
NCCOR was launched in February 2009 to accelerate progress in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by aligning and coordinating research efforts across institutions. The public-private collaboration is a powerful example of how federal agencies are working with each other and with private funders to avoid duplication of efforts and bring synergy to efforts to address childhood obesity.