The Primary Care Obesity Network: Translating Expert Committee Guidelines on Childhood Obesity Into Practice

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Abstract

Childhood obesity remains a serious public health threat. There is an urgent need for innovative, effective, and sustainable interventions for childhood obesity that are multisector, integrated, and pragmatic. Using the 2007 Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity as a guide, a tertiary care obesity program at a children’s hospital established the Primary Care Obesity Network (PCON). This article describes the structure, implementation, resources, and outcome measures of the PCON, a network of primary care practices and a tertiary care obesity center established to prevent and treat childhood obesity in Central Ohio. This program offers an opportunity to assess how and whether the expert committee guidelines can be translated into practice. As Accountable Care Organizations strive to provide services through the lens of improving population health, the PCON can serve as an example for addressing childhood obesity.

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