Register Today! Upcoming NCCOR Workshop Examines Obesity Prevention Research, Community Engagement, and Systems Change

Join NCCOR for the Obesity-Related Policy, Systems, and Environmental Research in the U.S. (OPUS) workshop! The virtual workshop will take place from 12:00–5 p.m. ET on June 4–5 and will include keynote addresses and moderated panel discussions with distinguished speakers from academic institutions, global research projects, and federal agencies.

Twelve years ago, the Institute of Medicine’s Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention report highlighted the importance of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to address obesity. However, progress toward implementing such approaches and reducing obesity rates and associated disparities has been limited. Coordinated intervention on a wide range of systemic drivers may be needed to achieve progress and advance equity. This workshop will explore lessons learned from PSE efforts to date and identify potential next steps for addressing childhood obesity.

Featuring presentations from leading obesity-prevention and public health experts, the workshop will examine best practices in obesity prevention research with specific attention to community engagement and systems change through an equity lens. The workshop aims to advance the field by highlighting opportunities for the design and rigorous evaluation of both proximal and distal PSE interventions. This is the first installment of two workshops that aim to spur innovation in childhood obesity research. The second workshop will take place in the fall of 2024.

The OPUS workshop is co-chaired by Dr. Jamie Chriqui, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health; Dr. Tamara Dubowitz, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health; and Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. Featured experts include:

  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, Brandeis University Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy 
  • Bill Dietz, MD, PhD, George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health 
  • Christina Economos, PhD, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy 
  • Steve Gortmaker, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology 
  • Deborah Salvo, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education 
  • Boyd Swinburn, MD, University of Auckland School of Population Health 
  • And more! 

Click here to register for the Obesity-Related Policy, Systems, and Environmental Research in the U.S. (OPUS) workshop.

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