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2014 Leaders in Health Cohort


Congratulations to the 2014 cohort for their successful completion of the Leaders in Health Community Training Program!

Specific details about these participant’s individual projects will be posted soon.

Leaders in Health works to build the capacity of our community partners by providing participants with an introduction to the fundamentals of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention among children and youth.

WEBINAR: Active Living Research featuring Dr. Angie Cradock

Achieving Change Across Sectors: Integrating Research, Policy, & Practice


Tuesday, February 11
1:00 pm ET

The January/February 2014 (Vol. 28, Issue sp3) supplemental issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion is devoted to Active Living Research. The issue highlights papers selected from abstracts submitted for presentation at Active Living Research’s tenth annual conference in February 2013. The theme of the 2013 annual conference was Achieving Change Across Sectors; Integrating Research, Policy and Practice.

This webinar will feature key findings from three papers and will be moderated by the Associate Editor of the supplement, Jay Maddock. There will be time for Q&A after each presentation and a brief wrap-up discussion.

Featured Articles and Presenters

  • Evaluating the Implementation and Active Living Impacts of a State Government Planning Policy Designed to Create Walkable Neighborhoods in Perth, Western Australia. (American Journal of Health Promotion: January/February 2014, Vol. 28, No. sp3, pp. S5-S18)
    • Paula Hooper, PhD, MSc, BSc, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, RESIDE-II Research into Practice Project Coordinator
  • Taking Physical Activity to the Streets: The Popularity of Ciclovia and Open Streets Initiatives in the United States. (American Journal of Health Promotion: January/February 2014, Vol. 28, No. sp3, pp. S116-S118)
    • J. Aaron Hipp, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brown School | Washington University in St. Louis Investigator, Prevention Research Center in St. Louis
  • Impact of the Boston Active School Day Policy to Promote Physical Activity Among Children. (American Journal of Health Promotion: January/February 2014, Vol. 28, No. sp3, pp. S54-S64)
    • Angie Cradock, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health | Deputy Director, Harvard Prevention Research Center
    • Jill Carter, EdM, MA, Executive Director, Health and Wellness Department, Boston Public Schools

Seeking Applicants for Leaders in Health

Application due February 14, 2014

Leaders in Health community training program is currently seeking applications from community members who are striving to improve nutrition and physical activity in Boston and surrounding communities.

Now in its 4th year, the program’s goal is to build the capacity of our community partners by providing participants with an introduction to the fundamentals of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention among children and youth. Individuals who are currently involved with a nutrition- or physical activity-related program or project (on either a work or volunteer basis) are eligible to apply. Participants will attend interactive training sessions, complete assignments, and receive support to create an action plan to enhance their current work.


HPRC at APHA’s Annual Meeting & Expo

This year’s APHA meeting, “Think Global Act Local: Best Practices Around the World,” addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

Be sure to look for HPRC at the following presentations:

Monday, November 4th

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Food & Nutrition Student Research
BCEC: Exhibit Hall A/B1

Children’s dietary intake in afterschool programs: Impact of foods and beverages obtained outside of program-provided snacks.
– Erica L. Kenney, MPH


Tuesday, November 5th

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Modeling the cost effectiveness of childhood obesity interventions and policies: an evaluation of methods to evaluate four strategies in the United States
BCEC: 210A
Moderator: Steve Gortmaker

10:30 AM
Cost-effectiveness of a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax in the United States
– Michael Long, ScD

10:50 AM
Cost-effectiveness of a state policy requiring minimum levels of moderate and vigorous physical activity during elementary school physical education classes
– Jessica L. Barrett, MPH

1:10 PM
Potential impact of eliminating the tax subsidy of food and beverage television advertising directed at children and adolescents on BMI, dalys and healthcare costs in the United States
– Kendrin Sonneville, RD, ScD

1:30 PM
Impact and cost-effectiveness of childcare center policy changes on BMI and healthcare costs in the United States
– Davene R. Wright, PhD


Wednesday, November 6th

8:30 AM- 10:00 AM
Chronic diseases management
BCEC: 159
Moderator: Dianne Young, MPH

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Sustainability of the Maine youth overweight collaborative improvements three years post-intervention
– Michele Polacsek, PhD, MHS


10:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Engaging States and Communities in Supporting Opportunities to Address Obesity: A View from CDC and Partners
BCEC: 209
Moderator: Barbara Polhamus

11:25 AM- 11:40 AM
Working with community partners in Boston to improve nutrition and physical activity policies and environments
– The Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
School Food Programs and Policies
BCEC: 210A
Moderator: Punam Ohri-Vachaspati

10:50AM – 11:10 AM
Improving nutrition and physical activity policies in afterschool programs: Results from a group-randomized controlled trial
– Erica L. Kenney


12:30PM-2:00 PM
A sugar sweetened beverage excise tax health impact assessment (HIA) for Maine
BCEC: 259B
– Michele Polacsek

EVENT: HPRC Community Partners Meeting

Technology and Childhood Obesity: The Good, the Bad, and the Possible

Highlights from the meeting will be shared on Twitter via @HarvardPRC. Join in on the conversation with #technobesity.


Featured Keynote Speakers:

Screen Proliferation and the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Connections, Projections, and Solutions Ahead

Dr. Michael Rich, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of the Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical at School; Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Selling Junk Food to Kids in the Digital Age

Cara Wilking, J.D.
Senior Staff Attorney at Public Health Advocacy Institute

Concurrent Workshops

  • How to control technology
  • Technology for obesity research
  • Social media and social marketing

*Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided during the concurrent workshops.

*Parking will be available at 252 Albany Street Parking Lot at no charge.

Print Invitation

Questions? Please contact:
Jenny Reiner

Dr. Michele Polacsek & MYOC featured by NCI’s “Research to Reality” online community!

The Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative’s (MYOC) toolkit, “Keep ME Heatlhy” has now been included in the National Cancer Institute’s online community “Research to Reality (R2R).”

Join in the discussion about Keep ME Healthy and redressing the childhood obesity pandemic with July’s featured R2R Partner Dr. Michele Polacsek.