HOPE – Educating Health Professionals About Pediatric Obesity

The HOPE (Health Professionals Obesity Prevention Education) project was a multidisciplinary, healthy living online counseling curriculum designed to educate pediatric clinicians-in-training (medical and dental) on how to recognize children at risk for obesity comorbidities and how to promote healthy dietary choices that will increase physical activity among children and their families.  The curriculum instructed future clinicians on the health consequences of childhood obesity, effective screening techniques to identify children and families at risk, review the current evidence for health intervention recommendations, teach trainees regarding the theoretical rationale and art of constructive counseling, educate on systems-based practice, and inform residents on ways to be an advocate for health. In addition, an interactive practicum was incorporated into the curriculum where trainees had the opportunity to practice counseling skills using role-plays based on sample patient output. Such role-plays enhanced the effectiveness of behavioral counseling and allowed early detection of possible misconceptions.  The HOPE project was designed to address the core medical competencies, including patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

 

Principal Investigator: Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH
Project Coordinator: Laura Terrones, MPH