The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI) is a public-private partnership with the mission of reducing and preventing childhood obesity through policy, systems, and environmental change. The COI is facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners and funded in part by First 5 San Diego and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Established in 2006, the COI engages a diverse group of regional stakeholders with committed public leadership from the County Board of Supervisors and program-level involvement of HHSA staff.
The Childhood Obesity Action Plan (COAP) is the guiding document for COI activities, and also serves to guide the broader community in working to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating environments and policies that support healthy eating and active living. The COI has adopted a Collective Impact model to create, support, and mobilize hundreds of partners from multiple domains (i.e., sectors); provide leadership and vision; provide education and advocacy; and coordinate and sustain countywide efforts in the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity. To assure effective implementation of the strategies outlined in the COAP, partners from the following domains collaborate to fulfill the COI mission:
- Schools and After-School
- Early Childhood
The COI has established active workgroups in each domain to develop, leverage, and replicate best practices and resources throughout San Diego County and shape a healthy future for children.
These efforts support the County of San Diego’s comprehensive chronic disease prevention approaches, which are collectively referred to as Healthy Works.
To learn more about the COI, visit the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative web site.
Webpage last updated 02/19/2016.