National Health Priority Toolkit:


Obesity is one of four AAPA National Health Priorities targeted as part of a national movement for healthier bodies and minds. Do your part to tackle this chronic condition by using the resources in this toolkit including free CME, clinical guidelines, research, and much more.

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Americans who die each year from obesity-related diseases

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fewer than half of patients with obesity have a formal diagnosis

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direct and indirect medical costs for obesity-related conditions

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black adults have our nation’s highest rate of obesity

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Resources

Obesity affects two of every three patients treated by PAs. Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is the leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) in the United States. PCORI has curated all of their resources on obesity to support patients, communities, and clinicians to make informed healthcare choices.

Preventing Obesity in Midlife Women

The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) created these clinical recommendations for preventing obesity in midlife women.

Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Obesity Medicine Fellowship

The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic has created a one-year Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship for the purpose of training an APP to become a competent, autonomous provider in the subspecialty of Obesity Medicine.

Addressing Obesity: A Community of Practice Series

This series will cover obesity topics such as the latest treatment options, patient/provider communication and engagement techniques, new best practices in obesity care, and more. The series will include interactive real-world experiences patient scenarios, live… more

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This National Health Priority Toolkit was developed in partnership with: Novo Nordisk

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AAPA and the PA Foundation continually commit substantial resources to resolving obesity in communities across the nation. Together with industry, health system, and community partners, we are giving PAs the knowledge and the tools needed to make a difference.