The Healthy Weight Collaborative (HWC) is an innovative, national data-driven quality improvement effort to share and spread promising and evidence-based team-oriented clinical and community-based interventions to prevent and treat obesity for children and families. The HWC was implemented in two Phases involving 39 community based teams and included three primary objectives: 1) build multisector teams; 2) deliver services to support health behavior changes in children and families; and 3) implement sustainable social and environmental policy change at the organizational and community levels.
· Evaluation results indicated that of the 39 teams: Two-thirds of the participating 39 teams reported implementing moderately or highly integrated cross-sector strategies. About half (49 percent) of the Phase 2 teams were balanced, including all three (health care, public health, and community) sectors. One-third of the teams had also developed sustainability plans by the end of Phase 2.
· The HWC project succeeded in helping many teams support the adoption and implementation of system-wide and community-wide healthy weight screenings and follow-up services. 59 percent (23 of 39) of teams had implemented community–wide healthy weight assessments; 23 teams implemented healthy weight plans; and 19 teams implemented both healthy weight assessments and plans
· 15.4 percent (6) of the teams were able to implement policy change at the organizational and/or community level by accomplishing all six strategies (creating a work plan, a message, a healthy weight assessment, a healthy weight plan, cross-sector work, and policy change) by the end of the project period.
The teams' progress and plans to continue working provide evidence of the potential power and efficacy of the HWC model.
Report Title: The Healthy Weight Collaborative: Final Evaluation Report
Agency Sponsor: HRSA, Health Resources and Services Administration
Federal Contact: Sylvia Fisher, 301-443-8505
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9732 (September 26, 2013)