Track 5 - Healthy Populations and Communities (Chronic Disease

Infectious Disease & Resilience)

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F8 - More Bang for Your Buck: Learning Collaborative Partnerships Focused on Using Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Decision Making by Local Health Departments

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Balcony K

This panel will describe the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness (CHOICES) Learning Collaborative Partnership, which provides training, technical assistance, and tools to city, county, and state health agencies to be able to use cost-effectiveness information for decision making related to childhood obesity prevention. The overview presentation will describe what cost-effectiveness analysis is and how the CHOICES microsimulation model provides quantified estimates of improvements in population health as a result of potential intervention implementation in a particular location. Panelists will describe cost-effectiveness models for strategies including sugary drink taxes, organizational policies in child care to improve nutrition, and clinical practices to address children at highest risk. The panel will include presenters from two local health agencies − Denver and Philadelphia − that have participated in the partnership with the CHOICES team to evaluate city-specific models of interventions in child care and clinical sectors. Local health agency presenters will focus on the application of the CHOICES protocol and tools for collecting and using local data and the use of model processes and results for engaging with local leaders and partners to impact decision making. The panel will conclude with an audience discussion on the usefulness of this approach to inform what interventions state, local, and community organizations might pursue to cost-effectively reduce population levels of obesity in their communities.

Keywords

Diet, Nutrition, Obesity, Planning/Strategic Planning, Partnerships & Collaborations

Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE

Senior Research Scientist
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE is Deputy Director at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity (HPRC) and a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cradock’s research primarily focuses on the social, policy and environmental factors associated with physical activity and nutrition behaviors among youth. Specific areas of interest include school and neighborhood environments, community-based intervention research, and policy research. She holds a Doctor of Science degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Cradock serves as co-Principal Investigator on the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness Study (CHOICES), which is modeling the cost effectiveness of 40 different obesity prevention interventions. As co-principal Investigator of that project for over 6 years, Dr. Cradock has gained considerable experience in evaluating the health impact, population reach, implementation cost and cost effectiveness of program and policy interventions across a range of sectors She has collaborated with 11 state and local health agencies to provide training and technical assistance to support agencies in selecting strategies to model, identify and provide local data inputs, develop implementation plans for modeling and interpret and use results for communication and decision making.

Presentation(s):

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Hannah Lawman, PhD

Director of Research and Evaluation
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Dr. Hannah Lawman received her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in Quantitative Methodology and completed a clinical internship and post-doc in Health Psychology at the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University. She worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an epidemiologist with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Her research, which has been funded by NIH, has focused on social-ecological influences on health, population surveillance of chronic diseases, and behavioral interventions for improving weight, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and diet in underserved children, families, and adults. Dr. Lawman currently works as Director of Research and Evaluation for the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Her work emphasizes multi-sectoral and population health approaches including changes to the built environment and policy approaches to chronic disease prevention, such as improving nutrition, physical activity, and access to smoke-free spaces. Dr. Lawman received training and technical assistance on cost effectiveness analysis in a year-long Learning Collaborative Partnership with the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness Study (CHOICES).

Presentation(s):

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Jennifer Wieczorek Moreland, MPH

Healthy Eating Active Living, Chronic Disease Manager
Denver Public Health

Jennifer Wieczorek Moreland is the Chronic Disease Manager at Denver Public Health. She has worked in fundraising development, tobacco and obesity prevention, as well as clinical and community systems initiatives to control hypertension at the local health agency level, health clinics, and non-profits. Ms. Moreland enjoys riding her bike to meetings to model the way, feel energized, focused and stimulate her creativity to address the challenges of public health. At Denver Public Health she is responsible for the development and implementation of the Healthy Beverage Partnership, a collaboration of six Denver metro health departments representing seven counties, with the aim to adopt healthy beverage policies and practices. She has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on International Health from Tulane University. Ms. Moreland received training and technical assistance on cost effectiveness analysis in a year-long Learning Collaborative Partnership with the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness Study (CHOICES).

Presentation(s):

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Chrissie Juliano, BA, MPP

Director, Big Cities Health Coalition (Senior Director, NACCHO)
BCHC/NACCHO

Chrissie Juliano, MPP, is the Director of the Big Cities Health Coalition and a Senior Director at NACCHO. The BCHC is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the 54 million people they serve. Ms. Juliano was the Deputy Director of BCHC from December, 2014 to June, 2015.

Prior to joining BCHC, Ms. Juliano was a Senior Program Manager at RESOLVE where she developed and facilitated collaborative processes and consensus building projects among a variety of public health stakeholder groups. As part the RESOLVE health team, she managed the Public Health Leadership Forum, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, working with thought leaders to envision the “high achieving” health department in 2020 and shepherding a working group through the process of defining a set of foundational capabilities and areas that all health departments should possess. Ms. Juliano was also the co-PI on a de Beaumont Foundation project that interviewed state and local officials on their knowledge of, and opinions on, foundational capabilities for all health departments.

Previously, Ms. Juliano worked on stakeholder outreach at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products and in policy development at the Trust for America’s Health. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication from the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

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