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June 29 – July 2, 2015

San Diego, California

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Community Nutrition and Physical Activity

Mini-Plenary: MP 2.4: The Successful Impact of Cross System Collaborations in the Retail Environment

An estimated 30 million Americans live in urban neighborhoods and rural towns where they cannot buy healthy food to feed their families. Neighborhoods that lack healthy food access typically also have a host of other socio-economic problems which are rooted in historical and institutional policies and practices that have led to great disparity. This session will highlight efforts not only to increase access and improve community health but also help to create jobs, support local food systems, and help improve communities in other ways.

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Jessica Estrada, Program Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator, Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition and HealthyRetailSF Program
Danielle Ronshausen, Health Information Specialist II, County of Sonoma, Department of Health Services
Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Affairs, The Food Trust
Moderator: Jackie Richardson, Health Program Manager, California Department of Public Health

Mini-Plenary: MP 3.2: Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks: Promoting Informed Choices

The session will discuss a safety warning policy on sugar sweetened beverages to inform consumers of the harmful health impact upon consumption of these products. The policy strategy has great potential to change social norms around SSBs to reduce the prevalence of youth and adult obesity and diabetes. Presenters will share their experience in developing SB 1000 and the lessons learned from the California campaign to provide a foundation for subsequent efforts in California and across the country.

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Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Ian McLaughlin, Senior Staff Attorney and Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions
Xavier Morales, Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Moderator: Patricia Crawford, Senior Director of Research, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

WS 1.7: Latino Community Engagement and Obesity Prevention: The Promotores Model

This session will highlight the successes and challenges of long-term, community-based participatory research targeting rural and urban Mexican-origin children to address childhood obesity. Learn how collaborations with promatoras (Community Health workers) in California and Texas are working to build trust, deliver culturally-appropriate messages and programs, and engage Mexican Origin families in community nutrition and physical activity interventions to prevent childhood obesity. Effective strategies and lessons learned to address Latino childhood obesity at the local, state, and national levels will be shared.

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Gail Frank, Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Rosa Manzo, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California at Davis
Joseph Sharkey, Professor, Texas A & M, School of Public Health
Moderator: Lucia Kaiser, Nutrition Specialist, University of California at Davis

WS 2.4: Supporting and Promoting Breastfeeding: Obesity Prevention Begins at Birth

This presentation will provide an overview of the types of partnerships formed at the national, state, and local level that are necessary to have a collective impact on creating environments and systems that are conducive for providing breastfeeding support at the community level. In addition, providing participants examples of how to implement lactation accommodation policies for cities will be shared.

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Michael Parmer, Management Analyst I, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Gia Rutledge, Behavioral Scientist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Shana Wright Bruno, Senior Program Manager, Lactation Supportive Environments, UC San Diego, Center for Community Health
Moderator: Deirdre Kleske, Healthy Works Program Specialist, County of San Diego

WS 4.2: Reaching Diverse Communities Utilizing Culturally Tailored Strategies to Impact Change

This session will provide an overview of three successful obesity prevention efforts targeting diverse populations: Native Americans, African-Americans, and Youth. These initiatives focus on policy, systems and organizational practice change, blended with educational and promotional strategies using a sustainable collaborative model to create opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity at different levels of the community. Specific lessons learned will be shared, and considerations for replication of effective strategies will be highlighted.

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Teslyn Henry-King, Program Specialist I, County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Nutrition Program
Dakotah Jim, Research Program Officer, Notah Begay III Foundation
Colleen Schenck, Program Administrator, Mendocino County Health and Humans Services Agency
Moderator: Lynn Silver, Senior Advisor for Chronic Disease and Obesity, Public Health Institute

WS: 3.1: “Shape”ing a Public-Private Strategy for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Georgia Shape is the Governor’s childhood obesity initiative comprised of governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities. This coordinated effort mobilizes communication efforts and strategic public-private partnerships to achieve collective impact. Policy/intervention efforts are supported in schools, communities, child-care centers, government agencies, businesses, academic institutions and healthcare settings. Panelists will discuss challenges and practical solutions for working in large multi-sector coalitions.

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Trisha Hardy, Director, Child Wellness, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Debra Kibbe, Senior Research Associate, Georgia Health Policy Center
Emily Anne Vall, Obesity Project Manager (SHAPE), Georgia Department of Public Health
Moderator: Kelly Cornett, Physical Activity Coordinator, Georgia Department of Public Health
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