Keep ME Healthy Tool Kit

Purpose/Goals

Keep Me Healthy is the title of a tool kit developed by the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative. By providing the tools and resources posted here, the Maine Center for Public Health seeks to provide practical support and guidance to health care practices, organizations and individuals across the state to help improve care and outcomes for overweight and obese youth.  These tools are a result of the hard work and support of many individuals associated with the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative (MYOC).  We know that the problem of youth overweight is an enormous and growing challenge for our communities, our health care system and for those engaged in public health. It is our hope to improve clinical practice and ultimately to improve quality of life for youth and families through the MYOC.

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation recognized the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative as one of three Healthy Weight for Children State Champions.


Funders

2006—2009    

  • The Bingham Program is a charitable endowment established in 1932 to promote health and advance medicine in Maine. A major focus of The Bingham Program has been to improve health service delivery in Maine, particularly in rural areas.
  • Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust seeks to improve the welfare of the six state New England region through grants in its four fields of interest: education, the environment, health care, and the promotion of philanthropy.
  • MaineHealth, the largest health system in Maine is a nonprofit corporation devoted to building a family of healthcare services offering high quality, cost-efficient preventive care.
  • Eastern Maine Healthcare’s mission is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of the people of Maine through a well-organized network of local health care providers who together offer high quality, cost-effective services to their communities.
  • Betterment Fund was created for charitable purposes by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, Maine, who died in 1955. Mr. Bingham was a self-effacing philanthropist with an abiding interest in education and the improvement of health services in the State of Maine.
  • Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC) is one of 33 Prevention Research Centers (PRC) funded by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our mission is to work with community partners to design, implement, and evaluate programs that improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce overweight and reduce chronic disease risk among children and youth.

2004 - 2006

  • The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), created in 2000, is the state’s largest health care foundation.  Their mission is to promote affordable and timely access to comprehensive, quality health care and seeks to improve the health of every Maine resident.  In particular, MeHAF targets strategies that serve the medically uninsured and underserved.
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s mission is to prevent illness and to promote health through medical education, research and community service.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy People 2010 Grants award to the Maine Chapter.
  • Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC) is one of 33 Prevention Research Centers (PRC) funded by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our mission is to work with community partners to design, implement, and evaluate programs that improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce overweight and reduce chronic disease risk among children and youth.


Products/ Related Documents

Disclaimer Statement:
The materials featured here are for use in the pilot “Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative” program by participating clinicians in the diagnosis and management of youth at risk for being overweight and obese. The information has been gathered from a variety of sources, and reflects a synthesis of current clinical consensus and expert opinion from Maine and around the nation. Please be advised that these tools collectively represent a body of work that is in progress, and may be revised in the future as guidelines and standards of care evolve. These tools are not intended to replace clinical judgment, or to promote specific care recommendations for providers outside of our pilot initiative. When using the materials available on our site, we ask you to please make note of the source.

An important component of the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative is advocacy to sustain the important "key changes" in office practice initiated by participating teams.  If you would like to learn more about what your organization might do to help, please read our Organizational Position Statement.

Protocol & Tools for Providers & Patients

The Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative [MYOC], a joint initiative of the Maine Center for Public Health [MCPH], the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics [MAAP] and the Maine Harvard Prevention Research Center [MHPRC] is extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with the National AAP to market and promote internationally the Pediatric Obesity Clinical Decision Support Chart. 

The new chart was adapted from the Keep ME Healthy toolkit originally developed by MYOC. It provides clinicians with practical, point-of-care guidance on childhood obesity.  The chart also contains the latest information from “Expert Committee Recommendations on the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity” published in the December 2007, volume 120, supplement 4 of Pediatrics

The chart is the result of the hard work and support of many individuals associated with MYOC, who are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for Maine families.  We would like to extend special thanks to our partners, clinical teams and funders for their generosity. 

Clinical Decision Support  

Tools for the Office Visit

5-2-1-0 Surveys in Other Languages

Somali

Spanish

Khmer

Community Resources

Presentations

Key Reference Guidelines & Research Articles