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Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children: Workshop Summaries Appendix A Workshop Agendas Workshop on Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children and Youth June 1, 2008 The California Convergence Conference Sheraton Grand Sacramento 10:30 am Focus Group with Program Evaluators Key Questions: What measures are currently in use to evaluate obesity prevention programs? How are decisions made on which measures to use? How effective are current measures in capturing both process and outcome? What are the greatest challenges faced by evaluators? What evaluation strategies are used in culturally diverse neighborhoods? What linkages do evaluators see between environmental and policy changes and outcomes? What gaps exist in the evaluation field with respect to obesity prevention programs? What opportunities exist for collaboration in meeting the challenges faced by evaluators?
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Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children: Workshop Summaries 3:30 pm Focus Group with Program Site Leaders Key Questions: What types of initiatives are obesity prevention sites currently conducting? What kinds of information are most useful to site leaders in making decisions about which projects to initiate in their communities? How do site leaders go about finding information on potential childhood obesity prevention programs? What kinds of data do they wish they had? Do they believe that their initiatives have had a positive impact on childhood obesity? Do they use evaluation in their work? How do they tailor projects for culturally diverse neighborhoods? Do they believe they have the information they need to decide what programs to initiate and what to evaluate? What information do they need to convince various stakeholders of the progress or success of a community-based childhood obesity prevention program? Do evaluations successfully capture the most important changes their programs have brought about? What are the greatest challenges they have faced? 4:30 pm Adjourn Workshop on Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children and Youth May 6, 2009 Lecture Room The National Academy of Sciences Building 2101 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20418 8:30 am Registration 9:00 am Welcoming Remarks Patricia Crawford, PhD, University of California, Berkeley Marion Standish, Director of Healthy Environments, The California Endowment Loel Solomon, National Director of Community Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente
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Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children: Workshop Summaries 9:45–11:40 am Panel I: What information do community base programs need to meet their goals? Moderator: Patricia Crawford, PhD Key Questions: What information do community-based programs use? How do you find information on how to run and assess programs? Do you link nutrition and physical priorities to broader community priorities? What information do programs need to sustain their efforts? Speakers: Gerardo Mouet, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Agency, City of Santa Ana, California Leslie Bernard, Associated Black Charities, Baltimore, Maryland Genoveva Islas-Hooker, Central California Center for Health and Human Services, Fresno, California Canary Girardeau, Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc., Washington, DC 11:40 am–12:40 pm Lunch 12:40–2:10 pm Panel II: What is the level of evidence needed to inform policy? Moderator: Sarah Samuels, DrPH, Samuels and Associates Key Questions: What is the practitioner’s experience with informing policy? What evidence does a community-based program need to inform policy? What information does the program feel it needs to inform policy? What is the response of policy makers? Speakers: Jeffrey Levi, Trust for America’s Health, Washington, DC Joseph Curtatone, Mayor, City of Somerville, Massachusetts Allison Karpyn, The Food Trust, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children: Workshop Summaries Shireen Malekafzali, PolicyLink, Oakland, California Derek Birnie, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, Seattle, Washington 2:10–2:30 pm Break 2:30–4:00 pm Panel III: How do community perspectives influence decision makers? Moderator: Mary Story, PhD, RD, University of Minnesota Key Questions: Where does obesity prevention evidence fit into public policy decision making? How do policy makers gather, use, and evaluate evidence in decision making? What challenges do policy makers face in finding and using evidence? What types of evidence are most useful to policy makers? What are examples of policies in obesity prevention that have been influenced by specific programs? Speakers: Dan Drummond, Fairfax City Council Member, Fairfax, Virginia Ben Thomases, City Food Policy Coordinator, New York, New York J. Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board Member, Arlington, Virginia George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council Member, Rockville, Maryland Gretchen Musicant, Commissioner, Department of Health and Family Support, Minneapolis, Minnesota Pierre Vigilance, Director, Department of Health, Washington, DC 4:00–4:30 pm Closing Remarks Marion Standish Loel Solomon