Our goal is to build, test, deliver, and disseminate obesity solutions.
Build: Design quality-driven evidence-dense obesity solutions.
Solutions could include hehavioral programs for wellness, changing habits; advancements in bariatric surgery; development of profitable wellness offerings; Integrated free-range biomarker and behavior feedback monitoring; models for systemic improvement of health on campuses and other organizations and communities; enhancements to clinician-patient interaction that increase obese patient satisfaction; and/or high-scale community-building strategies using web technology.
Test: Demonstrate which obesity solutions work and where and when.
Currently there is a lot of information out there without a lot of basis in scientific evidence. We want to move beyond standard clinical measures of effectiveness, using “big data” bioinformatics, geodata, and biomarker development to identify and prove the most effective target approaches for lasting societal, behavioral, and policy changes that will positively impact health status on both the indivual and collective levels.
Deliver: To deliver to people, targeted and effective obesity solutions based on evidence.
We acknowledge that there are many different ways to deliver solutions to the public. Delivery could include biosensor and platform development for real-time assessment of people in the free-living world; medical home technologies to integrate patient care into their homes, workplaces and, for children, schools; expanded community health worker training for scalable obesity and chronic disease care delivery in disparate communities; behavioral interventions in schools; or policy and infrastructure changes that impact entire cities or regions.
Disseminate: Implement our solutions on a large scale.
Dissemination of cutting edge obesity research will require investment in community-based research efforts to reach solutions to where they are most needed; national and international partnerships and projects; policy influence; maintaining strong ties to schools; and a clear multi-level communication strategy.
Educate: Produce the next generation of knowledgeable health care workers.
Educational platforms include: internships, online, teach-the-teachers, degree/certificate programs, public communication and community and policy dialog.