Linking pediatric primary care obesity management to community programs

Adolfo J. Ariza, Jennifer Hartman, Jennifer Grodecki, Alejandro Clavier, Kamala Ghaey, Mary Elsner, Chantal Moore, Olga Ochoa Reina, Helen J. Binns

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Guidelines for obesity management in primary care call for linking to community services. The Promoting Health Project (PHP) was a multi- component, practice- based intervention aimed at improving care of obese children, including referrals to community services. Promoting Health Project staff identifi ed and interviewed representatives of 40 nutrition or physical activity services/programs. Quality improvement (QI) teams at three practices worked to improve overweight/obesity identifi cation and care and implement practice- to- community connections that used the information gathered from the programs/ services. A practice community coordinator (PCC) facilitated interactions between practices, community programs and families. Researchers tracked patients referred, PCC to family interactions, and time spent. They surveyed parents of referred patients and interviewed key clinicians. Forty- six patients participated in programs. Substantial eff orts were necessary to create smooth referral systems. Family motivation was perceived as a limiting factor in program attendance. Clinicians were satisfi ed with systems established. Eff ectively linking practitioners to community programs requires the use of additional resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-167
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue numberSUPPL.2
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Health outcomes
  • Lifestyle change
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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