Be Our Voice

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and two strategic partners in Be Our Voice trained health care professionals in the South and Southwest as community advocates to prevent childhood obesity and helped them connect with advocacy opportunities. In a second phase of Be Our Voice, NICHQ developed and spread their online training materials.

Dates of Project: May 15, 2009 to August 31, 2012

Description: The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), in cooperation with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the California Medical Association Foundation, trained 573 health care professionals in person to be advocates in combating childhood obesity. Those trained engaged in a wide variety of collaborative activities, such as a nurse in Cabarrus County, N.C., who partnered with her local health department to improve nutritional standards in the schools.

Staff developed an online training course that an additional 83 health care professionals completed, and other resources, including an Advocacy Resource Guide and Advocacy Toolbox. They also developed a communications strategy that included webinars, a listserv, and appearances at speaking events.

Comments about the training include:

“I never thought about using the legislature, the city manager, the school district... Be Our Voice made me think broader.”

“Be Our Voice engages healthcare professionals and also increases their comfort.”

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Be Our Voice trained 573 health care professionals to be advocates in preventing childhood obesity.