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Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

Promising Practices and Lessons Learned: January 2019

In the Fall of 2018, the HITEQ Center interviewed ten health centers and health center partners to identify solutions and promising practices for addressing childhood obesity across the health center program. The focus included how health centers are meeting the Uniform Data System (UDS) measure, Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents (CMS155v6), and how they are taking further steps to identify and intervene with those at risk of obesity by leveraging health information technology, electronic health records, and resulting data.

Seven key areas of improvement from interviews are identified in the resulting issue brief:

  • Key 1. Embed Needed Data Capture in Workflow
  • Key 2. Implement Successful Monitoring to Support Decision Making
  • Key 3. Understand the Evidence Base
  • Key 4. Identify Key Data and Metrics
  • Key 5. Target Interventions Appropriately
  • Key 6. Consider Alternative Appointment Types and Locations
  • Key 7. Create Comprehensive, Accessible Interventions

Download the issue brief below to see health center examples, related research, and health IT tools for each of these keys.

Documents to download

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Intended AudienceHealth Center Clinicians, Health Center Quality Improvement Staff, Health Center Case Managers

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