(UNC), Chapel Hill. Her research involves the design and testing of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low-income and minority populations. Her most recent research interests focus on school nutrition policy associated with childhood obesity, sustainable agriculture as it relates to improved nutrition, and social entrepreneurship as a sustainable approach to addressing health disparities. Dr. Ammerman is engaged in research and practice collaborations across North Carolina addressing childhood obesity and has served on several statewide advisory boards regarding childhood obesity and sustainable local food systems. Dr. Ammerman is principal investigator for 1 of 10 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Health Disparities Centers, with a focus on cardiovascular disease. She is co-principal investigator of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation at UNC, charged with the identification, translation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for the control and prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease. In 2000, Dr. Ammerman received the Greenberg Award for excellence in public health research, service, and practice, and in 2011 the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. She received her doctoral degree in nutrition from UNC, Chapel Hill.
BETTINA M. BEECH, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is professor of public health sciences, pediatrics, and internal medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and co-director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. Dr. Beech’s research focuses on the role of nutritional factors in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, with a particular focus on childhood obesity and related problems such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Her current studies involve the development and evaluation of interventions to prevent or treat childhood obesity in family- and community-based settings, particularly among African Americans. Dr. Beech has been an active member of the American Public Health Association and the Obesity Society and currently serves on two national advisory councils focused on the clinical management of childhood obesity. She served as an external reviewer for the IOM report WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change; is a member of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN); and is lead editor of Race and Research in Focus: Perspectives on Minority Participation in Health Studies, published by the American Public Health Association. Dr. Beech has served as a member of the board of directors for the Memphis Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and recently