Supporting Resources: Public Awareness and Policy
In 2022, Jump IN secured funding for the initial year of a 3-year approach to engaging the community in understanding and taking action on 5210 healthy habits.? Partnering with Radio One, this sponsorship package will launch in early 2023 and focus on Black and Latino households in Marion County through a combination of radio advertising, community events, Radio One personality endorsements, and strategic on-air interviews highlighting 5210 and the resources available to support these healthy habits. Go here to learn more.
As part of the Top 10 Coalition, Jump IN helped lead a second broad-scale awareness campaign in summer 2022 to reduce sugary drink consumption, including a large media partnership with Radio One. The campaign has shifted to advocacy for the city to adopt a policy on healthy drinks as the default drink with children’s meals in restaurants.
Jump IN also worked closely with stakeholders to draft the Child and Adolescent Health recommendations considered by the Governor’s Commission on Public Health. Jump IN advocacy and expertise strengthened the final recommendations by ensuring that recommendations addressed both the early care and education and school-age education environments. In addition, Jump IN co-authored language for Recommendations 27-29, thus embedding critical systems-change priorities in the final Report and recommendations.
Supporting Resources: Clinical and Community Resources
We?connect regularly with health system?divisions and staff?that are implementing and testing clinical systems changes and clinical-community collaborations that hold potential to strengthen prevention and management of childhood obesity in central Indiana.?This is an organic?process and?Jump IN checks in?regularly with these partners?with the objective to?mutually?identify new dots to connect with communities,?resources?that strengthen prevention impact, and action steps to leverage them.
Supporting Resources: Data Collection and Analysis
Local data on childhood obesity at the city, county, and region-wide levels is not easily available, yet is critical if our community is to monitor trends and identify what is working in childhood obesity prevention.
Jump IN has led efforts to address this gap by analyzing biometric data collected from more than 60,000 students over three years. The unweighted prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in central Indiana from this dataset is estimated at 43%, statistically unchanged from 2016-2018.
Along with Jump IN’s schools study, periodic childhood overweight assessments from Marion County Health Department surveys and a preliminary baseline point-estimate from our 2017 electronic health records feasibility study (Indiana Network for Patient Care at IHIE with Fairbanks School of Public Health research team) offer the richest picture of child obesity and overweight for Marion County and Central Indiana.
In 2022 Jump IN collaborated closely with IU Fairbanks School of Public Health and Regenstrief Institute researchers to propose a four-year plan to develop central Indiana childhood obesity population prevalence estimates. The proposal was accepted and funded by the Health Issues and Challenges Grant program in June 2022. Work begins in late 2022 and represents a significant milestone in reaching a long-sought objective – regular, local, sustainable, and publicly available childhood obesity surveillance estimates and trends for Marion County and central Indiana.
Equity, Health, and Structural Racism
A 2015 model produced by Jump IN to identify communities where children are at high risk for overweight and obesity relied on social determinants of health that are associated with higher risk of childhood obesity. The figure below shows the resulting map of Marion and its contiguous counties and indicates that the Marion County zip codes where poor housing, high crime, low income and poverty, poor access to transportation, low educational attainment, and other community deficits are important burdens correspond with highest risk. These data acknowledge the impact of systemic racism in causing the stark health disparities. Working to improve social determinants of health--such as strengthening healthy food access and ensuring the built environment and infrastructure promote safe and accessible physical activity--drives change among our most disenfranchised residents. Go here to read more.
Supporting Resources: Policy
While Jump IN's policy focus tends to be on "small p" policy changes within the three sectors we focus on, Jump IN has also helped lead important "big P" policy efforts, including the City of Indianapolis establishing the Division of Community Nutrition and Food Policy. Go here to read more
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