Collaborating for Impact: Lessons Learned from NCCOR

MAR 29

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together the nation’s four largest childhood obesity research funders—National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—in a public-private collaboration to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity. Since its launch in 2009, NCCOR has transformed the field of childhood obesity research through strategic initiatives, comprehensive tools for researchers, and innovative rapid-response funding mechanisms, among other efforts.

To provide insights into its formation, operations, and accomplishments, NCCOR published two papers in a March theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The papers are accompanied by a commentary by senior leaders of NCCOR’s member organizations and an editorial by James Sallis, PhD, a member of NCCOR’s External Scientific Panel. A list of the papers and NCCOR’s 10 years of accomplishments can be found at

On March 29, NCCOR is hosting a Connect & Explore webinar “Collaborating for Impact: Lessons Learned from NCCOR.” The webinar will highlight the Collaborative’s approach to building the field of childhood obesity research, showcase aspects of the collaborative model and include a discussion on how to apply this approach to other complex public health problems.

Join us on Thursday, March 29, at 2:00 p.m. ET, for the one-hour webinar. Guest speakers will include the following NCCOR Steering Committee members:

  • Rachel Ballard, MD, MPH, Director of Prevention Research Coordination, Office of the Director, Office of Disease Prevention, National Institutes of Health
  • Laura Kettel Khan, PhD,Senior Scientist and Advisor in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • C. Tracy Orleans, PhD, Senior Scientist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Jay Variyam, PhD, Director of the Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Register today to receive webinar access. The event is free, but attendance is limited.

Invite a colleague, and please consider sharing this information on your social networks using the hashtag #ConnectExplore. We will live tweet the event at @NCCOR. For those who cannot attend, the webinar will be recorded and archived on