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Volume 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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