The Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention Project (BCOP) began in 2014 as a partnership between the PRCHN, The Ohio State University, SNAP-Ed program; and the Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program (CHC). The ultimate aim of the project is to develop decision and diagnostic tools that can be used by CHC and SNAP-Ed practitioners as they implement and sustain four different nutrition-related policy, systems, and environment (PSE) interventions. BCOP researchers seek to understand similarities and differences between regions (counties within Ohio) and settings (urban vs. rural) and will use that understanding to develop models based on these expert opinions. The targeted interventions include:
• Farmers’ Markets
• Healthy Food Retail
• Farm to School
• Healthy eating policies in child care
BCOP includes several stages to develop and disseminate diagnostic tools and resources to support implementation of the targeted nutrition-related PSE interventions.
Stage I (Spring 2015) sought to gather feedback from SNAP-Ed and CHC practitioners and community members about their readiness to carry out nutrition-related policy, systems, and environmental interventions. We conducted a total of 41 focus groups and interviews in nine counties throughout Ohio that had universally low county health rankings, high obesity rates, high SNAP utilization rates, and consistently lower-than-national-average food environment index scores indicating accessing healthy foods was a challenge.
Stage II (Summer 2015-Spring 2016) is focused on analyzing the qualitative data collected in Stage I to better understand community readiness, practitioner capacity, and socio-political factors influencing successful implementation of the four PSE interventions. SNAP-Ed, CHC staff, and content experts used the data collected to develop four diagnostic tools (one for each of the PSE interventions). BCOP partners then held four consensus modeling meetings to evaluate and identify areas of agreement and prioritization. The four diagnostic tools will be pilot tested by SNAP-Ed and CHC staff before they are finalized. Read more about the findings around each PSE intervention below.
Farmers’ Market Report
Healthy Eating Policies in Childcare Report
Healthy Food Retail Report
Stage III (Winter-Fall 2016) is focused on creating a website that will allow SNAP-Ed and CHC practitioners and other users to access the four diagnostic tools plus a compendium of resources that can be used to guide implementation of the four targeted PSE interventions. The website will include videos and short stories featuring SNAP-Ed and CHC practitioners from across Ohio who have tackled obstacles and/or leveraged resources related to implementing the nutrition-related PSE interventions. The website will be launched in early summer 2016. SNAP-Ed and CHC practitioners will begin using the tools in summer-fall 2016.
Darcy Freedman, MPH, PhD, Principal Investigator
Julie Hewitt, Project Manager