The Water Access working group focuses on policies and economic issues regarding free and safe water access. This group focuses primarily on school settings, but works within an overarching framework that may be applied to other settings.
Key Focus Areas
The Water Access working group is working on a number of different projects. A few are listed here:
- Develop model language for Joint Use Agreements and School Wellness Policies to include water access.
- Conduct a 50 state plumbing code legal review for water fountain regulations within school buildings.
- Develop a coding tool for analyzing school vending agreements to identify beverage availability and relative pricing of water versus other beverages.
- Conduct an analysis of the costs associated with providing free water in food service areas during the National School Lunch Program.
- Cradock AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker G. Getting Back on Tap: The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S95-101.
Posters & Presentations
- Cradock, AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker S (2012, October 30). Getting Up to Code: The costs associated with providing access to drinking water during the school day”. Presented at American Public Health Association Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span, San Francisco, CA.
- Gortmaker, Steven (2012). Promotion of Water in Schools and Early Education Settings. Presented at the CDC Expert Panel on Drinking water Availability in Early Care and Education Settings, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Gortmaker, Steven (2012). Lack of Water for Children in America: A Hidden Problem with Clear Solutions. Presented at the Weight of the Nation, Washington, DC.
- Long MW, Cradock AL, Subramanian SV, Blendon RJ, Gortmaker SL (2012). Glass Half Full: Access to Drinking Water and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Boston Public Parks, 2001 to 2011. Presented at the Weight of the Nation, Washington, DC.
- Cradock, AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker S (2012). Cost Analysis of Drinking Water Access in Massachusetts Schools during Mealtimes. Presented at the CDC Expert Panel on Drinking Water Availability in Early Care and Education Settings, Atlanta, Georgia.
Water Access working group members are listed below along with their contact information and topics of expertise.
Angie Cradock, ScD
Senior Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health
Deputy Director, Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center
Topic of Expertise: Water access in schools and childcare settings
Beverly Kingsley, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Topics of Expertise: Advertising and marketing of water and sugar sweetened beverages
Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD
Senior Public Health & Science Policy Advisor, NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Karla Hampton, JD
Enigami Consulting Services, LLC
Topic of Expertise: Legal and public policy issues related to water access
Donna Johnson, PhD, RD
Associate Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition
Professor, Nutrition Sciences
University of Washington
Topic of Expertise: policy implementation processes
Steve Onufrak, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
Topic of Expertise: Water quality and safety
Sohyun Park, PhD, MS
Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Topic of Expertise: Water and sugar sweetened beverage intake
Anisha Patel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco
Topics of Expertise: Water access in schools; beverage vending in schools
Mary Podrabsky, MPH, RD
Director of School and Community Initiatives Center for Public Health Nutrition University of Washington
Cara Wilking, JD
Staff Attorney, The Public Health Advocacy Institute
Topic of Expertise: Legal issues related to water access
NOPREN Project Period: 2011-2014 NOPREN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946. The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent that official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.