Led by former Pediatric Obesity Section chair Dr. Denise Wilfley and incoming chair Dr. Steve Cook, this symposium will highlight the evidence underlying childhood obesity treatment and recommendations to improve systems of care and payment for comprehensive, high quality obesity treatment for children and adolescents.
The symposium will present a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 2-day conference “Evidence-based childhood obesity treatment: Improving access and systems of care.” At this conference, funded by a grant from AHRQ and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, the Pediatric Obesity Section of The Obesity Society, and the Institute of Medicine’s Innovation Collaborative on Integrated Clinical and Social Systems for the Prevention and Management of Obesity, leaders from a host of invested disciplines focused on the promise of and barriers to delivering evidence-based treatment to children with obesity and their families in order to develop a strategy to address the gap between need and access to care.
Participants included research leaders in family-based behavioral treatment, physicians with clinical programs, and representatives from critical stakeholders, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Psychological Association, Children’s Hospital Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Council on Exercise, Medicaid at both a federal and state level, YMCA, hospital administrators, obesity advocacy groups, patient representatives, and health economists.
Denise Wilfley, PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, is PI on the grant, with support from Sandy Hassink, MD, Stephen Cook, MD, William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, Jeanne Lindros, MPH, and Amanda Staiano, PhD. The symposium will give insight into the barriers to and facilitators of implementation of USPSTF recommendations for multi-component treatment for childhood obesity in the current health care economic environment.
Following this session, join us for the annual Pediatric Obesity Section meeting from Noon – 1:30pm.