Sara A. Bleich is assistant professor of health policy management at Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the intersection between public policy and obesity prevention/control. She is particularly interested in disparities in practice patterns of obesity care and novel environmental strategies designed to reduce caloric consumption or increase physical activity. Her past work experience includes the Measurement Group (Research Associate), RAND Corporation (Summer Associate Program), and the Harvard Initiative for Global Health (Research Associate). Dr. Bleich is a current recipient of a K01 Career Development Award from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to explore racial disparities in physician practice patterns and patient self-management of obesity and of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Award to conduct a store-based intervention to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among low-income, black adolescents. She was recently elected to the Faculty Senate at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and is the Co-Director of the MPH Concentration in Health Systems and Policies. Dr. Bleich earned a PhD in health policy from Harvard University.
Noel Chavez is associate professor of community health sciences and codirector of the maternal and child health program in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests center on the health and nutritional status of Latinos and other underrepresented groups, particularly children and families. She also studies the role of culture in nutrition and health and changes in health and nutrition status that occur with migration, and the effects of such changes on health services usage. Dr. Chavez has a research stream in the area of community food security. She is also an investigator on a National Institutes of Health– funded study to evaluate cultural and ethnic differences in survey responses in four ethnic groups. Dr. Chavez serves on the Food and Nutrition Science Committee and the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association and the Public Health Nutrition, Research Nutrition, and Hunger and Environmental Nutrition practice groups and the Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition Interest Group of the American Dietetic Association. Dr. Chavez received a PhD from St. Louis University and an MS from Colorado State University.
Jamie Dollahite is associate professor and director of Food and Nutrition Education in Communities in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She has expertise in the area of nutrition education for limited-resource audiences that is designed to prevent obesity and chronic disease. Dr. Dollahite leads the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program for New York State and works closely with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance