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Hsds km forum presentation final june 10th 2014

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Presentation: Tackling the Challenge of Childhood Obesity in the Early Years: Navigating a Complex Ecological Model towards Healthy Children by Jeff Graham and Gabrielle Lepage-Lavoie, Healthy Start/Départ Santé

2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, June 9 & 10, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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Hsds km forum presentation final june 10th 2014

  1. 1. Overview 1) Setting the stage • Our world/environment 2) Key challenges to bridging the gap between research , policy , and practice 3) Three examples of innovative opportunities to overcome the challenges
  2. 2. Who we are HEALTHY, ACTIVE CHILDREN!
  3. 3. STEPS to Healthy Start A 10 month long intervention designed to improve physical activity and healthy eating in 3-5 year olds in childcare centres
  4. 4. Where we are…so far Saskatchewan New Brunswick Saskatoon
  5. 5. Where we come from 1. Our brief history 2. Our funder 3. Our lead
  6. 6. Partnerships Our extensive partnership of committed individuals and organizations :
  7. 7. FOUR KEY OBJECTIVES 1. IMPLEMENT 2. REPLICATE 3. EVALUATE 4. DISSEMINATE
  8. 8. Intersectoral Partnerships Implementation Guide Training, Modeling & Monitoring COMMUNICATION AND KT PLAN APPROACH Additional Resources as needed MULTI-LEVEL, INTERSECTORAL INTERVENTION
  9. 9. Healthy Start / Départ Santé PHAC HEALTHY WEIGHTS GROUPS (Innovation Strategy Project) STEERING COMMITTEE SK AND NB PARTNERS IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE RSFS Staff and Trainers Local implementation advisory group EVALUATION COMMITTEE Research Team (Data Collection) Nutrition Working group KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT & EXCHANGE COMMITTEE Communications / Internet development & tools (Site, Social Media) Advisory Groups (ENG / FR / Cultural / First Nations)
  10. 10. Intersectoral Partnerships Implementation Guide Training, Modeling & Monitoring COMMUNICATION AND KT PLAN APPROACH Additional Resources as needed MULTI-LEVEL, INTERSECTORAL INTERVENTION KDE
  11. 11. But… “Promoting the health of an entire generation is no simple task…especially when it comes to young children!”
  12. 12. A complex playing field
  13. 13. Key Challenges • Staff turn-over • Geographical area • Cultural and local adaptation • Evaluation challenges, e.g. drop-out, sufficient sample size, etc • Unlicensed childcare
  14. 14. Key Challenges REGULATED CHILD CARE SPACE (2010) Saskatchewan 7% Québec 37% Ontario 15% New Brunswick 20% Manitoba 17% Newfoundland 10% NWT 22% So where do the other children go? Source: http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/
  15. 15. Three compelling examples Acting on opportunity! 1. Health Region and policy: Eat Well, Play Well
  16. 16. Engaging government partners! 2. SK Public Health Nutritionists Revamping the healthy Start implementation manual - nutrition guidelines
  17. 17. Healthy STARS in action! 3. Healthy Start in action at the Tisdale Tiny Tornadoes Daycare: • Staff member appointed to plan and lead daily activities to keep kids moving • An indoor active space created • Menus revamped to more closely reflect Canada’s Food Guide • Children prepare food and try a variety of new foods • Educators sit and eat with children • Teaming up on a collaborative activity increasing physical activity
  18. 18. Key Elements of our KM approach summarized • If the wheel works, why reinvent it? • (Re-)using ‘old’ knowledge (Ecological model) • Existing networks: EY stakeholder distribution lists, partnership expansion • Recognize the need to act at multiple levels and multiple entry points • Frontline to policy-makers Remember our fun model…?
  19. 19. Key Elements of our KM approach summarized • Create calculated chance • Jump on opportunities when they arise • Never a linear approach • Engage whoever is ready to be engaged • Continually revising our content based on feedback • Be honest…We do not have all the answers! • We are not always the content experts, but someone probably is
  20. 20. Questions? Comments? Thank You! www.healthystartkids.ca

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