Community Committee

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The Community Committee (CC) oversees and guides core projects with the HPRC. The CC provides important links to the broader Boston community, other states, and the National Community Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Prevention Research Center (PRC) program. Members participate in strategic planning and project activities and assist with developing community-appropriate dissemination strategies. In addition, the CC works on the following specific activities:  

  • Contributing to the HPRC’s annual Community Partners Meeting. Specifically, CC members will advise on the content of the meeting based on the interests and needs of various community members. In both 2009 and 2010 the meeting addressed sugar-sweetened beverages and water access in communities, schools, and work sites.
  • Engaging in strategic planning for the HPRC’s research agenda. This process will be guided by input received and ideas generated at the Community Partners Meeting.
  • Assisting in developing the structure and content of the Leaders in Health community training program. The goal of this program is to build the internal capacity of our community partners by providing selected staff with training in community based participatory research methods and nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention among children and youth.
For more information, contact Angie Cradock.


Initial appointments are for two years and appointments will continue to be reconsidered on a two-year basis. Full meetings occur quarterly each year. Between meetings, CC members have opportunities to get involved with specific PRC projects throughout the year.

Chairs and National Community Committee Representatives

Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship


Barbara Bailey, Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association
Linda Brandon, Community Member
Jill Carter, Boston Public Schools Health and Wellness
Laurie Chroney, Community Member
Sari Kalin, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Linda Keefe, Kevin W. Fitzgerald Urban Youth Sports
Anne McHugh, Boston Public Health Commission, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division
Kathleen Millett, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Nutrition, Health & Safety
Vivien Morris, Boston Medical Center’s Nutrition and Fitness for Life and Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition
Ellen Payzant, Community Member
Constantine Psimopoulos, MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Research
Anne Sheetz, Massachusetts Department of Public Health – School Health Services
Bruce Smith, Community Member
Karen Spiller, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
Chantha Tatum, Boys and Girls Club of Boston



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CDC’s Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program

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PRC’s National Community Committee

The Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center is a member of the Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946.