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Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up?
tal health and epidemiology at Colorado State University. Dr. Brownson is a chronic disease epidemiologist whose research has focused on tobacco use prevention, the promotion of physical activity, obesity prevention, and the evaluation of community-level interventions. He is the principal investigator of a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center that is developing innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention among high-risk rural adults. Dr. Brownson is also developing and testing effective dissemination strategies for CDC designed to increase the rates of physical activity among children and adults. Dr. Brownson receives research support from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to conduct a diabetes prevention study aimed at promoting walking among high-risk adults in rural areas. Dr. Brownson receives support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to understand the environmental characteristics of activity-friendly communities through RWJF’s Active Living Research program. He is a member of numerous editorial boards and is associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health. Dr. Brownson is the author or editor of several books including Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, and Evidence-Based Public Health.
Ann Bullock, M.D., is Medical Director of the Health and Medical Division for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina. She has been an Indian Health Service (IHS) physician in the Cherokee community since 1990 and became Medical Director for the tribe in 2000. Dr. Bullock is responsible for the development and supervision of medical aspects of Cherokee tribal health programs, with particular responsibility for the tribe’s diabetes prevention and treatment programs, funded through CDC REACH 2010 and IHS Special Diabetes Program for Indians grants, respectively. She serves as an advisor to the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention and has been involved in numerous national-level diabetes initiatives among Indian tribes. Dr. Bullock received the IHS Director’s Award for helping to improve the care of diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease. She lectures extensively on the physiological and behavioral connections between stress and risk for diabetes. Dr. Bullock received an A.B. degree from Brown University and an M.D. from the University of Washington and completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians. Dr. Bullock is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
Susan B. Foerster, M.P.H., R.D., leads the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the California Department of Health Services, home of the signa-