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. CC responsibilities have included:
- Contributing to the HPRC’s Community Partners Meeting. Specifically, CC members advise on the content of the meeting based on the interests and needs of various community members. Past meetings addressed screen time, 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 was 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.
- Assisting in the development and dissemination of the Out of School Time Nutrition and Physical Activity (OSNAP) Initiative. Members involved with out of school time programming, city and state agencies, and local youth serving organizations, provided input on study design, identification and recruitment of out of school time programs and other collaborators, intervention materials, interpretation of results, and strategies for dissemination. Several organizations who have participated in the community committee over the years (the Boston Public Health Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health) have worked directly with the HPRC to disseminate OSNAP through Boston’s REACH initiative and the state’s Mass in Motion Kids program.
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
- Linda Keefe, Boston Public Health Commission
- Karen Spiller, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
Members from 2009-2014 have included:
- 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
- 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
- Chantha Tatum, Boys and Girls Club of Boston