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Pediatric Obesity Symposium - May 20, 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Location: Children’s National Medical Center, 5th Floor Research Atrium
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm


The Obesity Institute, since its inception, has been engaged in knowledge sharing and capacity building, as evidenced by the Obesity Institute Inaugural Research Symposium that convened at Children’s National in November 2008 to discuss current clinical, translational, and community-focused pediatric obesity research initiatives at Children’s National.  Experts from several medical research disciplines gathered to share ideas, success stories, ongoing challenges, and the future promise of prevention and intervention strategies to fight childhood obesity, both in the District of Columbia and nationwide.  Our follow-up symposium will also be held at Children’s National and is scheduled for May 20, 2010 from 8 am-3 pm. It will focus on the obesity-related findings of the recent RAND Corporation pediatric needs-assessment of the District of Columbia that was sponsored by Children’s National Child Health Advocacy Institute. The agenda includes speakers from the RAND Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) Obesity FOCUS Group. This symposium will continue our tradition of collaboration and will build momentum for the expansion to a 3-day conference. 

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  • To increase local awareness in the five focus areas of the Children’s National Obesity Institute
  • To facilitate learning and cross-disciplinary collaboration concerning the assessment, management, and prevention of pediatric overweight and obesity
  • To support the sharing and interpretation of relevant pediatric obesity research and policy initiatives


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Registration & Breakfast

SESSION I: 8:30 am - 11:15 am

Yolandra Hancock, MD
Chi Onyewu, MD, PhD
Planning Committee
2010 Obesity Institute Symposium
Introduction Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA 
Executive Director
Children’s National Goldberg Center & Obesity Institute
Institute Overview (PDF)
Evan Nadler, MD
Children’s National Obesity Institute
Keynote Assessment
Using Data to Drive Pediatric Obesity Strategies: Address Key Findings from the District of Columbia Pediatric Needs (PDF)
Anita Chandra, DrPH 
RAND Corporation
Children’s Care Model
The Children’s National Clinical Care Model for Obese Children and Adolescents

Nazrat Mirza, MD 
Improving Diet, Exercise, and Activity for Life (IDEAL) Clinic
Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health and Children’s National Obesity Institute
National Care Model
Tackling Childhood Obesity: Insights from the NACHRI Focus Group on a FITTER Future (PDF)
Ihuoma Eneli, MD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Pediatrics, Ohio State University
Associate Director
Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Community and Built
The Context for Childhood Obesity Risk in Baltimore City: The Role for Population Research Environment and Health Impact Assessment
Rachel Thornton, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Johns Hopkins Medical Institute


SESSION II: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Overview of CHAI advocacy efforts in pediatric obesity (PDF)
Joseph Wright, MD, MPH 
Senior Vice President
Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI)
Policy issues involving parents and role models to address pediatric obesity (PDF)
Christine Ferguson, JD 
Department of Health Policy, GWU
Funded Interventions
Coordinating community initiatives and funding opportunities (PDF)
Jenné Johns, MPH 
Deputy Director
Summit Health Institute for Research & Education (SHIRE)
Behavior Modification
Research and intervention trials that inform pediatric obesity management practices (PDF)
Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD 
Asst. Professor
Medical & Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services Univ. of Health Sciences (USUHS)

Networking Lunch and Strategy Workshop: 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Closing Remarks (PDF)
Michelle Mietus-Snyder, MD 
Children’s National Obesity Institute

Please email the Obesity Institute team for more information.

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