Community Health Leadership
A physician's voice is powerful and physicians have the credibility, influence and ability to speak for their patients (who might be voiceless children, adults and families.) Community leadership is one way for physicians to promote policies that support healthier lifestyles and communities for their patients.
Information and Resources
Information and resources to help physicians address changes needed to create healthier lifestyles and healthier communities through community leadership.
- Physicians as Community Health Advocates, PACHA leadership program, Dec. 5-6: Free training in Chicago
- Physician Citizens - Public Roles and Professional Obligations
Russell L. Gruen, MBBS; Steven D. Pearson, MD, MSc; Troyen A. Brennan, MD, JD, MP
- Grassroots Initiatives to reduce and combat obesity in the United States - includes a list of six initiatives from The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Resources for pediatricians and other healthcare professionals interested in preventing and treating childhood obesity in the clinical and policy settings
- National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality
- Be Our Voice
This project of the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality focuses on providing tools/resources and advocacy training for healthcare professionals looking to step out of their clinic and into the community to advocate for healthy weight policies.
- State and County Fact Sheets
- Guide for Healthcare Professionals to partner with community based organizations
- Success Stories (Healthcare Professionals working with the Community)
- Be Our Voice
Obesity prevention resources
- National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality: Childhood Obesity
Provides a five-point childhood obesity prevention model (B-B-1-2-0) as well as an obesity prevention implementation guide.
- Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative
Provides information on healthy lifestyles for schools, workplaces and outlines obesity prevention initiatives.
- American Medical Association
Provides resources for physicians on obesity prevention.
Healthier lifestyles resources
- America On the Move and America On the Move Foundation
An evidence-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and quality of life by promoting healthful eating and active living among individuals, families, communities, and society.
- American Diabetes Association
Provides information on advocacy, nutrition, fitness and diabetes research.
- American Dietetic Association
Provides science-based food and nutrition information "Food Information You Can Trust".
A comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation. For healthcare providers
- The National Physical Activity Plan
A comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. It includes implementation recommendations by industry/community sector, ways to get involved to raise weakness and updates on existing advocacy and policy efforts.
Obesity statistics and research
- National Institutes of Health
Provides societal costs of obesity
- Obesity Society
provides advocacy information, certification and other resources.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
provides trends on obesity prevalence in the U.S. – by state, county and other factors – as well as statewide resources.
- CDC's Role in Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH
This testimony outlines the CDC's focus on addressing the obesity epidemic and its Steps to a healthier US program.