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?


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


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?


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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