Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. The Academy regards the prevention of obesity through a healthy lifestyle as a significant public health priority. The Academy and its members are dedicated to reducing the physical and economic costs of obesity and its related problems by providing all people with expert guidance that is personalized, practical and affordable.
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American Association of Diabetes Educators
American Association of Diabetes Educators is a multidisciplinary association of healthcare professionals dedicated to integrating successful self-management as a key outcome in the care of people with diabetes and related conditions. Modern societal forces (an abundance of inexpensive high-calorie foods and high rates of sedentary activities), and constraining social determinants of health (including education, economic status, history and physical environments) have collided with obesity-related behavioral and biological factors and little-understood innate traits of individuals to usher in an 8-fold increase in diagnosed diabetes since 1958. This escalation of diabetes and pre-diabetes affects our social and economic conditions. The primary goal of diabetes education is to improve the health of those with diabetes, pre-diabetes and related conditions through education, community, and self-care initiatives. Diabetes Educators work toward this goal by providing knowledge and skill training, helping individuals identify barriers, and facilitating problem-solving and coping skills to achieve effective self-care behavior and behavior change through the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors(tm) – Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Healthy Coping, and Reducing Risks.
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American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Association of Nurse Practitioners was formed in 1985 as the first national organization created for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It is the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for NPs and represents more than 189,000 NPs currently practicing in the United States. American Association of Nurse Practitioners continually advocates at the local, state and federal levels for the recognition of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, and personalized healthcare. They also work to provide nurse practitioners with a unified way to network and advocate for their issues. American Association of Nurse Practitioners has steadily expanded services to meet its mission to promote excellence in NP practice, education and research; shape the future of healthcare through advancing health policy; and, build a positive image of the NP role as a leader in the national and global healthcare community.
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American Board of Obesity Medicine
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care. Established in 2011, the ABOM has grown rapidly and counts more than 2,600 certified physicians throughout the United States and Canada. Diplomates come from many fields of medicine including internal medicine, family medicine, endocrinology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, gastroenterology, and more.
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American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a membership organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care through continuing medical education, practice and research. The College, as the premier organization for women’s health care, will provide the highest quality education worldwide, continuously improve health care for women through practice and research, and provide excellent organizational support and services for our members. ACOG currently has more than 58,000 members in the USA and in other countries.
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American College of Preventive Medicine
The American College of Preventive Medicine is the national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. American College of Preventive Medicine’s 2,500 members are engaged in preventive medicine practice, teaching and research. Many serve on committees and task forces and represent preventive medicine in national forums, contributing to the organization’s role as a major national resource of expertise in disease prevention and health promotion. Specialists in preventive medicine are uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health. They have the skills needed to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability and death in individuals and in population groups. You can find preventive medicine trained physicians working in primary care settings and managed care organizations, in public health and government agencies, in workplaces and in academia.
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American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health and quality of life. Working in a wide range of medical specialties, allied health professions, and scientific disciplines, members are committed to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise. From astronauts and athletes to people with chronic diseases or physical challenges, the American College of Sports Medicine continues to look for and find better methods to allow individuals to live longer and more productive lives. Healthy people make a healthier society.
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American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence. Internists apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. With 141,000 members, ACP is the largest medical-specialty society in the world. ACP and its physician members lead the profession in education, standard-setting, and the sharing of knowledge to advance the science and practice of internal medicine.
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American Council on Exercise®
American Council on Exercise® (ACE ®) is a nonprofit organization committed to America’s health and wellbeing through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. ACE’s mission is to ensure people have access to well-qualified health and fitness professionals and health coaches, and science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity, so they may get active, establish healthy behavior, and live their most fit lives. ACE believes our nation needs a more prevention-centered way of caring for the health and wellness of its people, and safe, supervised physical activity must be a cornerstone.
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American Institute for Cancer Research
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $96 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country.
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American Medical Women’s Association
The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. The Association achieves this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and through building strategic alliances.
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American Sleep Apnea Association
The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about sleep apnea and to serving people with this common disorder. ASAA is dedicated to reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder. The Association promotes education and awareness, the ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network of voluntary mutual support groups, research, and continuous improvement in care.
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American Society for Nutrition
Founded in 1928, the American Society for Nutrition is dedicated to bringing together the world’s top nutrition research scientists to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. American Society for Nutrition is a not-for-profit scientific society with over 7,000 members in more than 75 countries working in academia, practice, government and industry. It is also a constituent society of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Through translational research, American Society for Nutrition members are working to understand how obesity develops and negatively impacts the health of individuals. With this basic knowledge, members are developing and evaluating strategies to prevent obesity in individuals, to aid and maintain weight loss, and to identify and advocate for environmental and policy changes that best support a healthy weight in the U.S. population.
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The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue, through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives. The Aspen Health, Biomedical Science and Society Program is a venue for academic, government and industry leaders to explore critical issues in health care and health policy and how they may affect individual health and that of families, communities, nations and the world. By convening bipartisan, multi-disciplinary forums, the program facilitates the exchange of knowledge and insights among decision-makers and helps to forge networks and other collaborations with the ultimate goal of improving human health. Through public policy programs and strategic dialogue, including roundtables, policy briefings, conferences and Internet discussion forums, the program seeks to help chart the way forward on issues relating to health and medical science by bringing together the foremost experts in many fields. The program’s work routinely incorporates the views of leading scientists, economists, physicians, policymakers, historians, patients and other committed voices in health care and health policy. The program’s projects include the Aspen Health Forum, the Aspen Health Stewardship Project and the Aspen Task Force on Global Health and Nutrition.
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Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is a national membership organization committed to improving the health of America’s underserved populations and to enhancing the development and support of the clinicians, students, and advocates serving these populations. The Association supports a transdisciplinary model of health care and believes when the clinicians, consumers and communities work together, they can improve health outcomes.
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Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is a leader among the nation’s nursing associations, serving more than 23,000 health care professionals who care for women and infants across the United States and abroad. The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses advances the health care of women and infants through its evidence-based education and practice resources, legislative programs, research, publications and coalition work with like-minded organizations.
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Binge Eating Disorder Association
Binge Eating Disorder Association is the national organization focusing on increased prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for binge eating disorder. Binge Eating Disorder Association is committed to facilitating awareness, excellence in care, and recovery for those who live and those who work with binge eating disorder through outreach, support, education, and resources. The pathways to overweight and obesity are varied and complex, and for some include binge eating or other forms of disordered eating. Binge Eating Disorder Association bridges the eating disorder and obesity communities to draw attention to the mental health conditions and stigma associated with both and advocates for a comprehensive approach to prevention and treatment.
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Campaign to End Obesity
The Campaign to End Obesity was established to bring together organizations and individuals from across an array of interests to collaborate in the fight to reverse America’s costly obesity epidemic. Through engagement with and education of policymakers, public awareness initiatives and collaborative programs between and among leading stakeholders, the Campaign will work to identify and facilitate the changes needed to battle obesity, perhaps the leading public health emergency facing our nation today.
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With nearly 10,000 professional members, Obesity Canada (formerly the Canadian Obesity Network) is the world’s largest organization working to change the way policy makers and health professionals approach obesity while improving public access to evidence-based prevention and treatment resources.
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Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, ScD, MPA
Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos is an Associate Professor and public health nutrition investigator in the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University with expertise working in Latin America and the Caribbean, and with minority populations in the United States. She is trilingual (Spanish, French and English) and has worked extensively in the field of nutrition in global health through collaborations with the Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud, the PanAmerican Health Organization, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Costa Rica, the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de Mexico, and the World Food Programme, among others. Her work has contributed to the knowledge of existing dietary disparities among Hispanic subgroups by country of origin, the process of translation of science into nutrition policy in Latin America, and the social and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors among vulnerable populations in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Dr. Colón-Ramos holds a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University. She obtained her doctorate in public health nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health under a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship. She was the recipient of a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow to complete her postdoctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health in the United States. In 2004 the United Nations University named her an emerging leader in nutrition in Latin America. She is currently the co-Principal Investigator of Water UP! (www.waterup.org) of the Avance Center Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health grant from the CDC, and the Principal Investigator of 'Water UP! Latino mothers and young children' and 'Shaping Our Kids’ Diets: Home and Neighborhood', and of studies that examine family environment, stress, and dietary risk factors for diabetes among Latinos/Hispanics. She collaborates in the diet and food environment assessment of the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN), a population-based cohort study in four islands of the Caribbean, to strengthen capacity for the design and implementation of actionable health outcomes in the Eastern Caribbean. Dr. Colón-Ramos brings a unique perspective rooted in sociology and policy to the field of nutritional sciences. She employs mixed methods to identify and understand the dietary determinants of underserved, at-risk populations, and to better inform nutrition policies and programs.
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Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS
The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service is dedicated to improving and protecting the public health of the United States by addressing unmet health needs and providing support for its more than 7,000 members. The Commissioned Officers Association protects the interests of the Commissioned Corps officers of the U.S. Public Health Service, who are leaders in the realms of public and global health. Recent achievements in legislative advocacy include the Senate passing of amendments that will fix the Survivor Benefit Plan and provide for concurrent receipt of military retiree pay and VA disability compensation. The Association also provides educational opportunities such as the U.S. Public Health Service Professional Conference, held annually.
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The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) serves as a locus for interdisciplinary collaboration in the prevention of obesity through education and research. COPE supports and develops programs that promote healthy weight management and encourages lifestyles that reduce and prevent obesity-related diseases.
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COSHAR Healthy Communities Foundation
The COSHAR Foundation Inc., founded in 1995 out of a commitment to underserved communities and the nation at large, focuses on health, education, empowerment and outreach. The foundation works to increase health awareness with a focus on prevention, testing/screening, access to care and optimal treatment. Through its National Health Ministry Network (NHMN), the foundation impacts health/wellness around the country. The NHMN’s membership is free to any faith-based organization and currently consists of over 24,500 houses of worship and community-based organizations. The network has members in each of the 50 states and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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DiabetesSisters is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with and at risk of developing diabetes and to advocate on their behalf. The organization offers innovative online programming, such as the SisterMatch program, and unique in-person programming, such as the Weekend for Women Conference Series and PODS (Part of DiabetesSisters) Meetups in cities throughout the U.S.
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Egg Nutrition Center
The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is a credible source of nutrition and health science information and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs. ENC monitors scientific findings and regulatory developments and serves as a resource for health practitioners in need of current nutrition information to share with their patients. Key vehicles for disseminating information are the Nutrition Close-Up newsletter, Nutrition Research Update, various educational brochures and tool kits, published scientific articles, and symposia presented at health professional conferences and the eggnutritioncenter.org website. ENC also administers an annual research program with approximately $2 million provided by America’s egg farmers through the USDA and the American Egg Board.
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The Endocrine Society
Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. The Society works to foster a greater understanding of endocrinology among the general public and practitioners of complementary medical disciplines and to promote the interests of all endocrinologists at the national scientific research and health policy levels of government.
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fit is a national initiative, developed by Sanford Health and WebMD, that is taking a fun, fresh, holistic approach aimed at promoting and activating healthy choices and actions for children and families. fit is uniquely focused on the four key elements of healthy living: FOOD, MOVE, MOOD and RECHARGE. It helps children and families understand how the key influencers – MOOD and RECHARGE – affect their daily choices and habits – FOOD and MOVE. Being fit is about having the right mindset and enough energy to be able to choose healthy foods and to be active.
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Healthcare Leadership Council
The Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans. Healthcare Leadership Council believes that preventing overweight and obesity and related chronic diseases plays an important role in improving health and making the most efficient use of healthcare expenditures. Healthcare Leadership Council promotes the importance of prevention and chronic care management as a core component of healthcare delivery, the need for new approaches that result in savings as counted by the Congressional Budget Office, and the inclusion of chronic care management and wellness as critical components of health reform.
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HealthCorps® is a 501(C)(3) co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife, Lisa Oz, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps® is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation. HealthCorps® “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength. HealthCorps® also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps® is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a new “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school.
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Healthy Weight Partnership
Healthy Weight Partnership distributes and supports expert-developed programs and services that empower children and their families to manage their weight and improve their health, fitness and self-esteem in a sustainable way. As exclusive licensees of MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It!) programs in North America we are part of the most researched system of child weight management programs in the world.
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HealthyWomen, a national, nonprofit organization, is the nation’s leading independent health information source for women. For more than 20 years, HealthyWomen’s unbiased and accurate health and wellness information has earned the trust of both women and health care professionals.
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Hepatitis Foundation International
The Hepatitis Foundation International promotes liver health/wellness to reduce the incidence of obesity and other liver-related preventable diseases. Having trained thousands of intermediaries though its Foundation for Decision Making™ training program, the foundation makes liver health personal through using memorable analogies that empowers individuals to avoid liver damaging behaviors, and to adopt healthier food and lifestyle choices.
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Institute for Health and Productivity Management
The Institute for Health and Productivity Management is a global enterprise devoted to establishing the value of employee health as an investment in human capital and organizational performance. The Institute’s Workplace Center for Metabolic Health was created specifically to address obesity and its metabolic and cardiovascular co-morbidities of diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemias, which collectively cost the nation tens of billions of dollars in direct medical expense and lost productivity. Obesity has superseded smoking as the nation’s Public Health Enemy Number One, and the workplace is an ideal setting in which to begin stemming the tide of this modern epidemic.
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Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine
The Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on the elimination of health disparities among under-represented and underserved multicultural communities. The Institute believes that the wide gaps in minority health can be eliminated through collaboration with corporate entities, universities and colleges, proponents in elected office, consumer advocacy organizations, and the medical and public health community.
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International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports affective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a healthier, more prosperous America.
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Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health (JIWH) was founded in 1990 and became part of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in 2006. JIWH works to continuously improve the health care of women across their lifespan and in all populations. JIWH promotes environments where an interdisciplinary audience, including health care professionals, researchers, policymakers, consumers and advocates come together to discuss ways to advance women’s health. JIWH publishes Women’s Health Issues (WHI), a leading peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes scholarly research manuscripts related to women’s health services and policy.
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Jefferson School of Population Health
The Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH), established in 2008, is one of six schools and colleges that constitute Thomas Jefferson University, a leading academic health center founded in Philadelphia in 1824 as Jefferson Medical College. As the first designated School of Population Health in the country, JSPH is dedicated to the exploration of policies and forces that determine the health and quality of life of populations, locally, nationally, and globally. Their mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to develop, implement, and evaluate health policies and systems that improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life. They do this by providing exemplary graduate academic programming in public health, population health sciences, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and applied health economics and outcomes research. This academic programming is enhanced by sustained research and publications, and by a robust professional development in these areas.
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Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center, a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a one-of-a-kind institution on the front lines of the world epidemic of diabetes — leading the battle to conquer diabetes in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education. Overweight and obesity are the major health problems that contribute to the development and progression of type 2 diabetes. Weight management in patients with diabetes is critical to optimal diabetes care and overall health. Proper use of new and evolving knowledge is important to implementing a successful multidisciplinary diabetes and weight management program which allows novel and effective clinical practice strategies. The goal being the proper prevention and management of the dual obesity and diabetes to minimize the cardiovascular risk and the risk for other medical problems associated with them.
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Michael Long, Sc.D, MPH
Dr. Long is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health.Dr. Long is also Affiliated Faculty at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and an Associate at the Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools. Dr. Long conducts research at the intersection of epidemiology and quantitative policy analysis with the goal of identifying cost-effective and politically feasible policy solutions to promote community health. His work over the past decade has focused on identifying policy approaches to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States. Dr. Long is also a Collaborating Mentor at the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at GW in 2015, Dr. Long was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health focused on obesity epidemiology and cost-effectiveness analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center. He earned his Doctor of Science degree in 2013 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree from the Yale School of Public Health, where he worked at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University.
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Karina Lora, PhD, RD
Dr. Lora joined the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at The George Washington University in August of 2018. Dr. Lora is a community/public health nutritionist with a long standing record of working with undeserved multicultural populations. Dr. Lora research focuses broadly on childhood obesity prevention in minority populations. One of Dr. Lora’s research goals is to understand the individual, behavioral, and home environmental factors that influence dietary patterns of family members to develop and implement interventions that are culturally relevant for success. Dr. Lora has a strong interest in integrating teaching and research to provide students with pedagogical approaches that enhance their learning outcomes, cultural competence skills, and awareness of social issues while benefiting communities by evaluating community/public health programs to improve their delivery and impact. Prior to joining The George Washington University, Dr. Lora was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and a Faculty Specialist at the University of Maryland.
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Medicaid Health Plans of America
Medicaid Health Plans of America represents over 100 urban and rural health plans dedicated to serving the low income population’s medical, health, and social/economic needs. Medicaid health plans serve over 27 million beneficiaries, a number that continues to grow with expansions in state Medicaid and Children’s Health Improvement Programs (CHIP). Medicaid and CHIP are the largest source of health coverage for children in the U.S. and are emerging as a primary source of coverage for adults as well. The MHPA Center for Best Practices is a 501(c)3 subsidiary of MHPA. The Center was created in 2010 to provide research, information, and evaluation on important issues facing Medicaid health plans and their members. Prevention and treatment of obesity is a high priority for state Medicaid programs and health plans, and as such is also a top priority of the Center for Best Practices.
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Microclinic International is a public health nonprofit that seeks to revolutionize how deadly diseases are prevented and managed worldwide. Building on epidemiological evidence suggesting that healthy behaviors are transmittable across social networks, the microclinic strategy leverages human relationships to address chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. If negative behaviors like smoking and overeating can be contagious, so can positive, healthy behaviors. This is what we call “contagious health.”
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Melissa Napolitano, PhD
Dr. Napolitano is a Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Exercise Science. Trained as a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Napolitano has expertise in adapting face-to-face treatment content for dissemination via different delivery channels. Her work specifically focuses on physical activity promotion, weight loss, and prevention of weight gain (e.g., among college students, following smoking cessation). She is particularly interested in the developmental life stage of emerging adulthood and contributing to the understanding of the formation of positive eating and exercise behaviors, as well as eating disorder risk behaviors. She currently is the PI of a two-site R01 (DK 100916) examining the efficacy of digital strategies, including Facebook and text messaging for promoting weight management among young adults. Dr. Napolitano is a consultant to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (PAGAC), specifically working with the Physical Activity Promotion Subcommittee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, and most recently completed leadership as Chair of the the Physical Activity Special Interest Group for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She serves in review and editorial capacities as a standing member of the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section and Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Prior to joining GWU in 2012, Dr. Napolitano served on the faculties of Brown Medical School and Temple University where she was also a research scientist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education. Dr. Napolitano's research, which includes a blend of face-to-face contacts and technological components, has high translation potential and is well-suited for developing multidisciplinary partnerships.
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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association, founded in 1988 to link the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory to provide a national forum for chronic disease prevention and control efforts. Since its founding, NACDD has made impressive strides in mobilizing national efforts to reduce chronic diseases and the associated risk factors. NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventative policies and programs, encouraging knowledge sharing and developing partnerships for health promotion. NACDD supports different Councils, Interest Groups and Work Groups focusing on physical activity, healthy nutrition, and obesity and other diseases. These include: Arthritis, Breast & Cervical Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Comprehensive Cancer, Diabetes, Health Disparities, Healthy Aging, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pacific Islands, Physical Activity, Physicians, School Health, Tobacco Control Network, Vision & Eye Health, and Women’s Health. Each addresses the unique aspects of specific chronic diseases to advance prevention and control efforts in those areas as well as professional development for chronic disease staff with common program interests.
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National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the United States, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. Across health care settings, social workers are part of interprofessional care delivery teams that help patients with complex needs navigate medical and social supports. The social work profession promotes well-being and social workers serve vulnerable populations with chronic physical and mental conditions. Social workers work as private practitioners and are employed in a variety of health care settings. They provide psychosocial support to patients and families and clinical social workers provide clinical assessment and treatment for mental health conditions.
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National Black Nurses Association
The National Black Nurses Association was established to provide a forum for collective action by African-American nurses to investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African Americans are and to implement change to make health care commensurate with that of the larger society available to African Americans and other minorities. The National Black Nurses Association represents more than 150,000 African-American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the United States, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 79 chartered chapters, in 34 states. In 2008, the National Black Nurses Association launched its National Obesity Initiative to help stem the tide of chronic diseases caused by obesity and lack of exercise among African-American nurses.
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Ohio State University
The Ohio State University’s vision is to be the world’s healthiest university. Ohio State’s One University Health & Wellness Council (established 2011) operationalizes this dream by bringing together all health and wellness activities (e.g., healthcare delivery, academic, HR and Student Life, research, etc.) at the university to promote a comprehensive, strategic and unified effort to advance health promotion and wellness for all. Ohio State launched three major discovery themes in 2012 that will help shape our institutional research efforts: health & wellness is prime among them, in addition to food production & security, and energy & environment. The University also conducted the nation’s First National Summit on Building Healthy Academic Communities (April 2013) with attendance of more than 300 leaders from 93 institutions of higher learning across the country, followed by the founding of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, which aims to promote population health and wellness for the 33 million students, faculty and staff who live, study and/or work on American college campuses and their surrounding communities.
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Primary Care Metabolic Group
The Primary Care Metabolic Group (PCMG) is a national educational initiative providing comprehensive metabolic disease education. PCMG’s mission is to provide a representative forum for primary care clinicians involved in metabolic disease management and raise standards of patient care through the dissemination of best practices, education programs, and communication among members.
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UNIDOS US (formerly National Council of La Raza) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, the Council reaches millions of Hispanics across the U.S. UNIDOS’s health programs are housed in the Institute of Hispanic Health (IHH). IHH is dedicated to reducing the incidence, burden and impact of health problems in Hispanic Americans. IHH is dedicated to delivering quality health interventions that focus on the improvement of access to and use of health promotion and disease prevention programs. IHH is committed to providing technical assistance and science-based approaches that are culturally competent and linguistically appropriate.
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National Hispanic Medical Association
The National Hispanic Medical Association, a non-profit association representing 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States, was established in 1994 to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations. As a rapidly growing national resource based in Washington, D.C., National Hispanic Medical Association provides policymakers and health care providers with expert information and support in strengthening health service delivery to Hispanic communities across the nation. The National Hispanic Medical Association is targeting obesity as a major health concern for Hispanics and other underserved populations and has recently undertaken an initiative that calls for a national education campaign on diabetes and obesity in conjunction with their medical societies in New York, Texas and California. They also created a health portal, www.HispanicHealth.info, to provide important information on obesity, diabetes and other critical health issues.
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National Indian Health Board
The National Indian Health Board advocates on behalf of all Tribal Governments, American Indians and Alaska Natives in their efforts to provide quality health care for all Indian People. Since 1972, the National Indian Health Board has advised the U.S. Congress, Indian Health Service federal agencies, and private foundations on health care issues of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Elevating the visibility of Indian health care issues has been a struggle shared by Tribal governments, the federal government and private agencies. The National Indian Health Board consistently plays a major role in focusing attention on Indian health care needs, resulting in progress for Tribes.
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Obesity Medicine Association
The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) is the largest organization of clinicians dedicated to preventing, treating, and reversing the disease of obesity. Through unique, accredited educational resources, collaboration, and thought leadership, OMA members continue to advance the practice of obesity medicine and deliver evidence-based treatments. OMA believes that sustained results – brought about by comprehensive, individualized treatment plans – improves overall health and provides hope for those affected by obesity. To learn about the Obesity Algorithm, OMA’s primary free resource for helping health care providers navigate the different approaches to obesity treatment, click here.
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Red Hot Mamas
Red Hot Mamas® is the largest menopause management education program in the North America and over the years, its programs have been offered in over 190 hospitals and physician practices. Its mission is to broaden the base of women’s knowledge about menopause and empower them to become educated healthcare consumers and active partners in the management of their menopause. Red Hot Mamas programs teach women about their health, their specific medical conditions related to their menopausal health status, and the treatment options available to them.
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Society of Behavioral Medicine
The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations. Developments in healthcare reform demonstrate how scientific advances influence the health of the nation and provide exciting opportunities for Society of Behavioral Medicine to achieve their vision of better health through behavior change. The SBM Board has identified areas where their Society could contribute, at the public policy level, to improving health through advances in behavioral medicine and obesity prevention is one such area.
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Allison Sylvetsky Meni, PhD
Dr. Sylvetsky Meni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and is Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science undergraduate degree program. She is also affiliated faculty at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and a Special Volunteer at the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Sylvetsky Meni joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Spring 2014 and transitioned to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in February 2016. Prior to joining the GW faculty, Dr. Sylvetsky Meni was a post-doctoral fellow in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch of NIDDK in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), before which she completed her doctorate in Nutrition and Health Science from Emory University. Dr. Sylvetsky Meni's research focuses broadly on obesity and diabetes in youth. Her primary research interests are in studying the consumption and health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and low-calorie (artificial) sweeteners. She also studies the role of early life dietary exposures on future weight and health, as well as the role of the diet in the prevention and management of diabetes in youth.
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Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system committed to transforming care, advancing health and improving lives. With a vision of leading the community to be the healthiest in the nation, TMH serves a 16-county region in North Florida and South Georgia.
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TogoRun is a mission-based, award-winning international health and well-being communications agency, dedicated to helping its clients exceed their communications and business goals through customized strategies that translate into results that matter. TogoRun takes its name and inspiration from the indomitable spirit of Togo, an undersized husky who risked everything in the 1925 Serum Race to save a village in Alaska from an outbreak of diphtheria. Akin to Togo, the TogoRun team of 2015 is adept at navigating uncharted territories, finding unique and creative ways to tell its clients’ untold stories utilizing visionary solutions that make them stand out.
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Women In Government Foundation, Inc.
Women In Government Foundation, Inc. is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators providing leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums, and educational resources. Women In Government serves all 1,739 women who serve in state legislatures from across the country. With over 20 years of experience working with state legislators, Women In Government proudly hosts over 20 educational conferences annually to address the nation’s public policy issues.
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WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient advocacy organization serving the 42 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the number one killer of women. WomenHeart is solely devoted to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient support network for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, physicians, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives.
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World Obesity Federation
World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations. Through its membership World Obesity Federation creates a global community of organizations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity. Its mission is to lead and drive global efforts to reduce, prevent and treat obesity.
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