Membership Guidelines

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together leading research funders in a public-private collaboration to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. youth. NCCOR’s focus is on evaluating and identifying effective interventions (particularly policy and environmental interventions) at the individual, community, and population levels in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and weight control with a special emphasis on the lower-income and racial/ethnic populations at highest risk.

NCCOR was launched in February 2009 to align and coordinate member efforts for maximum efficiency and impact. In building on each other’s strengths, NCCOR members are advancing the field through complementary and joint projects. In 2010 NCCOR was given an HHSInnnovatesAward as an example of how federal agencies are working with each other and with private funders to bring synergy and innovation to efforts in addressing childhood obesity.

NCCOR Core Member Guidelines

NCCOR Core Members agree to conduct activities that are designed to:

  • Advance NCCOR’s mission and goals by accelerating progress in identifying and applying interventions with the potential to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States. NCCOR activities are designed to create an impact larger than the sum of their parts by capitalizing on the complementary strengths of NCCOR core members by maximizing their collective scientific leadership. This includes strengthening the foundation (methods, tools) and infrastructure for timely, rigorous, solution-oriented research and its translation into practice and policy (addressing the needs of researchers and key research end-users).
  • Respond rapidly to evaluate emerging policy opportunities, fund new research, and use existing research to inform national policy debates.
  • Fund significant efforts to increase and improve national, state, and local surveillance related to food consumption, physical activity, health, and behavior.
  • Fund significant efforts to increase capacity and capability of researchers, program evaluators, and others engaged in the field to conduct research and evaluation. This includes identifying and overcoming major barriers/stumbling blocks to helpful research and its application.
  • Fund communication and outreach to accelerate application of effective interventions to speed progress. This includes producing products that provide strong, visible evidence that fruitful collaborations are making a difference and are a valuable source of guidance for the nation.

NCCOR members include:


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)


NCCOR Steering Committee members:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD
Branch Chief
Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Jamie Bussel, MPH
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Heather Hamner, PhD, MS, MPH
Senior Health Scientist
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Donna Johnson-Bailey, MPH, RD
Senior Nutrition Advisor
Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Laura Kettel Khan, MIM, PhD
Senior Scientist and Advisor
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jay Variyam, PhD
Director, Food Economics Division
Economic Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Deborah Young-Hyman, PhD
Health Scientist Administrator
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health