There currently are no formal mechanisms in place to identify, monitor, analyze, and report state legislative, policy, and program initiatives concerning child and adolescent nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. With growing efforts across the nation to develop policies and programs to address the childhood obesity epidemic, there is a need for consistent tracking of these state-level policies and initiatives. The purpose of this project is for the Health Policy Tracking Service (HPTS) at NETSCAN iPublishing to establish a comprehensive locus for the identification, analysis, monitoring, and reporting of state legislative, policy, and program initiatives concerning child and adolescent nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. Project deliverables include the development of a database covering 10 to 15 major topic areas related to childhood obesity; monthly reports and updates to the Foundation and other leading public health organizations; easy access to copies of actual bills; and comprehensive reports at the mid-year and year-end marks which will summarize legislation proposed, introduced, and enacted, as well as implemented legislation, programs, and policies. This project will be considered successful if it is able to identify, analyze, and report on comprehensive legislative and policy information that can assist state officials in tracking and monitoring important policy developments across the states. NETSCAN iPublishing plans to continue monitoring and reporting of state legislation related to youth obesity prevention and control using templates developed and refined under this grant.
Amount Awarded $21,500.00
Awarded on: 1/30/2004
Time frame: 2/1/2004 - 1/31/2005
Grant Number: 49123