Increase cross-sector coordination and collaboration

Recommendation:
Increase understanding of the health and economic benefits of preventing obesity and promoting healthy weight

Strategy 1.
Educate the public, patients, and providers about the health and economic impacts of obesity, as well as the roles that individuals and organizations can have in its prevention

Suggested Measures

Policy Measures

  • A statewide program exists that follows best practice guidelines, including a comprehensive educational component
  • A local and/or regional program is funded that follows best practice guidelines, including a comprehensive educational component

Environmental Measures

  • Public, private, and philanthropic funding available for state and local obesity education and prevention efforts
  • Production and reach of educational materials
  • Trainings offered and attended on the prevention, assessment, and/or treatment of obesity, including stigma and bias
  • Organizations or governments that implement one or more Maine Obesity Advisory Council recommendations

Filter Standards and Resources by Setting:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • School
  • Out-of-School Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Workplace
  • Community
  • Government

Strategy 2.
Implement surveillance and evaluation of obesity related community engagement and programming outcomes

Suggested Measures

Policy Measures

  • A statewide program exists that follows best practice guidelines, including a comprehensive surveillance and evaluation component
  • A local and/or regional program is funded that follows best practice guidelines and integrates with statewide surveillance and evaluation efforts

Environmental Measures

  • Public, private, and philanthropic funding available for state and local surveillance and evaluation efforts
  • Survey instruments used to assess aspects of the obesity burden and/or implemented interventions
  • Communities participating in and utilizing surveillance and evaluation
  • Communities or populations reached by survey instruments and efforts
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collected on the degree and impacts of bias and stigma associated with obesity
  • Personal health and economic stories collected and shared

Filter Standards and Resources by Setting:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • School
  • Out-of-School Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Workplace
  • Community
  • Government

Strategy 2.
Produce and disseminate annual reports of community engagement and outcomes to partners, stakeholders, decision-makers, and the public

Suggested Measures

Policy Measures

  • A statewide program exists that follows best practice guidelines, including a comprehensive reporting component
  • A local and/or regional program is funded that follows best practice guidelines, including a comprehensive reporting component

Environmental Measures

  • Public, private, and philanthropic funding available for state and local reporting efforts
  • Reports produced and disseminated that describe efforts to address obesity and its health and economic impacts within a community or geographic area

Filter Standards and Resources by Setting:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • School
  • Out-of-School Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Workplace
  • Community
  • Government

Recommendation:
Enhance public-private partnerships that are engaging in efforts to prevent obesity and promote healthy weight

Strategy 1.
Improve the systems, skills, and capacity of community partnerships

Suggested Measures

Policy Measures

  • A state policy exists that supports public private partnerships and allocates funds to meet public health accreditation

Environmental Measures

  • Trainings to improve the operational skills of staff, board members, and volunteers for community partnerships
  • Convenings to enhance the connections, relationships, decision-making, and operational systems between and among community partners and stakeholders

Filter Standards and Resources by Setting:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • School
  • Out-of-School Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Workplace
  • Community
  • Government

Strategy 2.
Engage local governments and stakeholders as active members of community partnerships

Suggested Measures

Policy Measures

  • A state policy exists that supports public private partnerships and allocates funds to meet public health accreditation

Environmental Measures

  • Local governments that become active members of at least one community health partnership that aims to improve environments and policies in order to prevent obesity and promote healthy weight

Filter Standards and Resources by Setting:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • School
  • Out-of-School Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Workplace
  • Community
  • Government