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Childhood Obesity Prevention Program

COPP Achieves Meaningful Lifestyle Changes in Four Georgia Communities

In 2013, Healthcare Georgia Foundation launched a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (COPP) in four diverse communities across Georgia. The Foundation has a history of investing in evidence-based and or promising approaches to address public health issues and is considered a partner and a leader to the nonprofit community addressing childhood obesity. It is with this in mind that the Foundation seeks to lead the way with the next generation of childhood obesity grantmaking.

Over the next three years, the Foundation invested $2,307,000 in COPP to support the organizations, each affiliated with an existing community-based coalition, to improve local polices and environments in ways that make healthier lifestyle choices easier for all members of their respective communities. 

Four grantees were selected based on a competitive funding announcement. Each of the grantees listed below represented vastly different communities in Georgia and all had existing coalitions working on obesity issues. 

  • Cobb 20/20 Coalition ($308,000)
  • Cook County Family Connection ($250,000)
  • Georgia College & State University Foundation-Live Healthy Baldwin Coalition ($250,000)
  • YMCA of Coastal Georgia-Healthy Savannah ($250,000)

COPP grantees, evaluators, and technical assistance providers met at the Foundation in 2016 to discuss the impact of their work in childhood obesity prevention over the past three years.

Technical Assistance Providers

  • Georgia State University Foundation-Institute of Public Health: support to provide policy technical assistance to each grantee.
  • Family Health International 360 (FHI): support to provide social media/social marketing communications training and technical assistance to each grantee.
  • ICF: support to conduct cross-site evaluation of COPP program and provide evaluation technical assistance support to each grantee.



Read how the Foundation’s COPP grantmaking strategy was effective in increasing the capacity of four community-based Georgia coalitions to change policies and environments that aim to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

For more information on the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program, contact:
Lisa Medellin, Senior Program Officer
phone: 404.653.0990

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