Obesity Prevention Center for Excellence

The New York State Obesity Prevention Center for Excellence (OPCE) is the resource and support center for Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) grantee organizations and their community partners. The mission of OPCE is to strengthen the collective impact of CHSC grantees on New Yorkers’ health by increasing access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. To achieve this mission, OPCE provides free training and technical assistance (TA) to CHSC grantees and their partners. OPCE is led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, PedNet Coalition, The Food Trust, and Action for Healthy Kids.

How OPCE Supports Grantees

OPCE supports CHSC grantees’ implementation of policies and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Our support includes:

Conference calls. Every grantee has been paired with an OPCE (TA) Lead. During monthly calls, the pairs discuss progress made towards achieving Year 1 SMART objectives. TA Leads provide real‐time support and access to other resources, such as subject matter experts, between calls.

Cluster calls. TA Leads identify opportunities for several grantees to discuss a common area of interest or challenge. These group “cluster calls” facilitate peer‐to‐peer sharing of best practices and lessons learned. Visit the OPCE calendar to see upcoming cluster calls.

Web‐based training. OPCE hosts virtual group training opportunities for CHSC grantees and their partner organizations. These webinars are recorded and made available on the website. Visit the OPCE calendar to see upcoming webinars.

Online collaboration and resource library. The OPCE website hosts a resource database of external resources organized by CHSC SMART objectives, including tools, toolkits, websites, reports, etc. In addition, the website’s grantee portal allows CHSC grantees to network and share information.

Grantee convening. OPCE hosts an annual all‐grantee convening to highlight state-of-the-art evidence and understanding of creating healthy communities. The convening is intended to foster collaboration among grantees and to provide an in-person forum for sharing lessons learned and best practices. Explore materials from the latest convening.

ENewsletter. OPCE releases a monthly eNewsletter containing announcements about trainings, resources, and new research in the field. Sign up to receive the OPCE eNews.

TA on demand. CHSC grantees and their partner organizations are welcome to submit requests for TA at any time.

Contact OPCE at any time by emailing nyopce@jsi.com. You can also download a one-page overview of OPCE.

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