Between December 2005 and March 2007, a project team at the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) in Cambridge, Mass., worked to create a learning network aimed at accelerating clinical improvements in the prevention and treatment of obesity in children.
To develop the network of clinicians, researchers, public policy experts and others interested in combating childhood obesity in the health care sector, NICHQ:
- Held a "Health Care Summit on Childhood Obesity" on September 19, 2006, in Washington, D.C., which drew 91 people, representing 70 organizations.
- Held a "National Congress on Accelerating Improvements in Childhood Obesity" on September 20, 2006, which drew 265 people, primarily doctors and nurses.
- Sought best practices in clinical care through an awards competition and coordination with an expert committee from a collaboration of the American Medical Association, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The national initiative launched the Childhood Obesity Action Network in June 2007. A total of 350 people signed up for the network before the official debut.
- From 85 applications submitted for the awards competition for innovative programs in childhood obesity, the project team selected three winners and produced a short DVD highlighting each.
- The project team created and disseminated a set of findings and policy recommendations for combating childhood obesity.
- By January 2007, project staff had raised $425,000 to continue the work of the network.