Anita Chandra, DrPH
Dr. Chandra highlighted important obesity-related findings from the “Health and Health Care Among District of Columbia Youth,” report, a recent Children’s National commissioned-pediatric needs assessment for which she served as Principal Investigator.
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Anita Chandra, DrPH, RAND Corporation’s Pediatric Health Needs Assessment.
Ihuoma Eneli, MD Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Ohio State University Associate Director, Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Dr. Eneli provided insight into the key components of successful pediatric obesity programs nationwide, as determined by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) Obesity Focus Group.
Community and Built Environment
The Context for Childhood Obesity Risk in Baltimore City: The Role for Population Research and Health Impact Assessment
Rachel Thornton, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
Dr. Thornton closed the morning session with an in-depth description of how community and the built environment in Baltimore City contribute to obesity, yet provide opportunities for change.
Christine Ferguson, JD Professor, Department of Health Policy, GWU
Professor Ferguson described how the topic of childhood obesity uniquely draws policymakers into action, and thus current efforts have great potential for establishing new policy to combat the epidemic.
Jenné Johns, MPH Deputy Director, Summit Health Institute for Research & Education (SHIRE)
Ms. Johns shared key policy successes of the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities DC, a DC community-based obesity interventions project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD Asst. Professor, Medical & Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services Univ. of Health Sciences (USUHS)
Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff provided an in-depth summary of an intervention targeting adolescent girls at risk for adult obesity.