Webinar focuses on community changes to combat AI/AN obesity, related health issues

A recent webinar on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health focused on efforts to combat obesity and obesity-related health issues facing AI/AN people using approaches to foster sustainable community changes to promote healthy eating and active living. It was hosted by the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP).

The advocacy-oriented webinar was developed for physicians, and was comprised of presentations and discussions. It provided some context for working in AI/AN settings and creating sustainable community changes tailored for these communities. The following was referenced.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Opportunities Tool: The tool is designed to showcase the various policy strategies that support healthy active living for children and families. This tool is designed for health care professionals who have experience in advocacy and are interested in focusing their advocacy efforts on obesity prevention.
  • National Initiative for Childhood Healthcare Quality (NICHQ): NICHQ is an action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the health care they need. Areas of focus for NICHQ are the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, improving care systems for children with special health care needs, and improving perinatal care. NICHQ received an award from RWJF and leads efforts – partnering with the AAP and the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation – to promote advocacy among health care providers to impact childhood obesity within select geographic areas of focus.
  • Be Our Voice”: is a project of NICHQ that is supported by RWJF. The project aims to contribute to reversing the childhood obesity trend across the nation by training and supporting health care professionals and other leaders in becoming advocates for better policies and changes within their own communities.
  • RWJF Childhood Obesity Two-Page Briefs
  • Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado School of Public Health (Dr. Kelly Moore, who is affiliated with the Centers, spoke during the webinar.)
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