In doing so, they have data on what is being done and what is working. Involving a representative can only improve the work to be done. The Centers for Partnerships and Strategic Alliance also would be a helpful group to involve as they are involved in some of the granting that is being done for this problem and may be of great help to this group in determining funding that might be available.
The NIHCM is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to promote improvement in health care access, management and quality and to foster dialogue and find creative workable solutions to American Health System Problems (nihcm.org). Further ASTHO which is a national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the US, US Territories, and District of Columbia (ASTHO.org).
There is of course a need for involvement of the children themselves and their parents as anything that comes out of this affect them in some way. Physicians, School nurses and the health care community need to be involved as they are the primary people to carry out any of the plans or principles that come from this. They will also be the data collectors. The local community, schools, and Universities will need to determine how they can help with playgrounds and safe walking and biking trails. Finding tax money to make these improvements may be necessary and involving this group ahead of time will make that process easier.
Last but not least are the schools and their contract with the vending machine industry. It makes no sense at all for a child to eat healthy food in the cafeteria and then be able to go out in the hall to get M&Ms. Of course, we know that this is a livelihood for many of these people but what will be needed is for them to change the kind of snacks that are available here. This includes things like Coke and Pepsi machines. This will not be an easy task, however, involving them early in the process will help the process become more