8: No. 4, July 2011
COMMUNITY CASE STUDY
The Role of State Health Departments in Supporting Community-based Obesity Prevention
The COPDP state coordinator within the North Carolina
Division of Public Health (NCDPH) collaborated with the partners shown to
coordinate technical assistance to the COPDP communities: NCAAHPERD; the
North Carolina State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction;
North Carolina Healthy Schools; Community Care of North Carolina; North
Carolina Partnership for Children; WakeMed Health and Hospitals; and NCDPH
Diabetes Prevention and Control Branch. These partners provided funding,
technical assistance, and support for COPDP, as shown in Table 2. The North
Carolina State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction, and
North Carolina Healthy Schools work together to support coordinated school
health. CDC funds NC Healthy Schools, which is a partnership between the
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the NC Department of
Health and Human Services.
County coordinators received technical assistance from the state
coordinator and for specific interventions, directly from NCAAHPERD, the
North Carolina State Board of Education, Department of Public Health
Instruction, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, and the NCDPH Diabetes Prevention
and Control Branch. The 5 county coordinators from the health departments
communicated with and supported each other. The evaluator from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill worked with the state
coordinator and county coordinators on the evaluation plan, data collection,
and the evaluation report.
Figure. Technical Assistance (TA) Workflow for the Childhood Obesity Prevention Demonstration Project (COPDP).
Abbreviation: NCAAHPERD, North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance;
CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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