NCCOR’s Obesity-Related Policy, Systems, and Environmental Research in the U.S. (OPUS) project is a two-part workshop series seeking to spur innovation in childhood obesity research with specific attention to community engagement and systems change through an equity lens.

Twelve years ago, the Institute of Medicine’s Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention report highlighted the importance of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to address obesity. However, progress toward implementing such approaches and reducing obesity rates and associated disparities has been limited. 

The OPUS project examines how coordinated interventions on a wide range of systemic drivers could accelerate progress and advance equity. OPUS I, held on June 4-5, 2024, explored
lessons learned from PSE efforts to date and identified potential new approaches for addressing childhood obesity. OPUS II, scheduled for October 9-10, 2024, will examine methodological considerations for the design and rigorous evaluation of both proximal and distal PSE interventions. 

The NCCOR OPUS workgroup is joined by the workshops’ distinguished co-chairs:

  • Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Tamara Dubowitz, ScD, MS, MSc, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
  • Shiriki Kumanyika, PhhD, MS, MPH, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health



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