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Children's Obesity Institute's Annual Pediatric Obesity Symposium
Overview of Presentations

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Location: Children’s National Medical Center, 5th Floor Research Atrium
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm



SESSION I: 8:30am – 1:30pm

Evan Nadler, MD
Co-Director, Children’s National Obesity Institute
Anita Chandra, DrPH 
RAND Corporation
Dr. Chandra highlighted important obesity-related findings from the “Health and Health Care Among District of Columbia Youth,” report, a recent Children’s National commissioned-pediatric needs assessment for which she served as Principal Investigator.


  • Children’s Care Model
    The Children’s National Clinical Care Model for Obese Children and Adolescents
Nazrat Mirza, MD 
Director, Improving Diet, Exercise, and Activity for Life (IDEAL) Clinic
Pediatrician, Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health and Children’s National Obesity Institute
Dr. Mirza described the successes and current challenges inherent to the multidisciplinary obesity clinic at Children’s National.


Ihuoma Eneli, MD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Ohio State University
Associate Director, Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Dr. Eneli provided insight into the key components of successful pediatric obesity programs nationwide, as determined by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) Obesity Focus Group.

  • Community and Built Environment
    The Context for Childhood Obesity Risk in Baltimore City: The Role for Population Research and Health Impact Assessment
Rachel Thornton, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
Dr. Thornton closed the morning session with an in-depth description of how community and the built environment in Baltimore City contribute to obesity, yet provide opportunities for change.
SESSION II: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Joseph Wright, MD, MPH 
Senior Vice President, Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI)
Dr. Wright described some of the CHAI’s current advocacy efforts, and discussed the role of advocacy for health professionals.


Christine Ferguson, JD 
Professor, Department of Health Policy, GWU
Professor Ferguson described how the topic of childhood obesity uniquely draws policymakers into action, and thus current efforts have great potential for establishing new policy to combat the epidemic.

Jenné Johns, MPH 
Deputy Director, Summit Health Institute for Research & Education (SHIRE)
Ms. Johns shared key policy successes of the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities DC, a DC community-based obesity interventions project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD 
Asst. Professor, Medical & Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services Univ. of Health Sciences (USUHS)
Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff provided an in-depth summary of an intervention targeting adolescent girls at risk for adult obesity.




Please email the Obesity Institute team for more information.


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