March 4, 2024

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Jessica Wallace, PA, Says We Can! Tackle Obesity

As a Physician Assistant at Upper Cardozo Clinic in Washington, DC, Jessica Wallace serves a largely immigrant population that is mostly uninsured and culturally isolated. Her patients are disproportionately affected by diabetes, hypertension, obesity  and other chronic conditions. So Jessica and her team have implemented an innovative program called We  Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) to engage their clients in achieving better health for themselves and their … [Read more...]

Call for Papers on Obesity Prevention

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health (NIMHD/NIH) announced a call for papers for a special theme issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) on “Advancing Obesity Prevention: Quality Improvements, Emerging Models and Best Practices." The details are reported below. ACU members are encouraged to submit their work. Please note the deadline for … [Read more...]

ACU takes on obesity challenge

A new report from the Institute of Medicine confirms that obesity is more prevalent in low-income communities -  where most ACU members practice. The report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, calls for coordinated action to Integrate physical activity every day in every way Market what matters for a healthy life Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere Activate employers and health care professionals Strengthen schools as … [Read more...]

HBO to Air Series on Obesity

DVD Kits Available for Local Screening An HBO Documentary series, The Weight of the Nation, featuring work by the Institute of Medicine will air on May 14 and 15. The four documentary films examine pressing issues of obesity as they relate to children, communities, policies and systemic challenges. DVD kits are available for organizations to host screenings of the films in their communities. They include the video series and discussion guides in English and Spanish that you can use to delve … [Read more...]

New Journal Issue and Supplement

The spring issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU 24.2) is now available online and in print.  Major themes are homelessness, immigration, primary care, innovative programs and health policy. View the online table of contents. Advancing Obesity Prevention is the theme of the spring supplement to the JHCPU. The supplement was produced in collaboration between the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Health Resources and Services … [Read more...]

“Kicking the Can” at the National Soda Summit

How can Americans "kick the can" and limit our consumption of sugary beverages? This was the main issue explored at the first National Soda Summit hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on June 7 and 8, in Washington, DC. Nearly 250 people, including educators, activists, foundation executives, and public health advocates, such as ACU Executive Director Kathie Westpheling and I, attended this conference to explore the scope of issues involved with sugar-sweetened … [Read more...]

ACU Members Focus on Healthy Weight

Several ACU members were selected to participate in Collaborate for Healthy Weight, a national anti-obesity initiative that was recently expanded to all 50 states. The Healthy Weight collaborative is a partnership between HRSA and the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality and supported by the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund. It is establishing innovative partnerships between public health, primary care and community organizations. Participating ACU members … [Read more...]

Charmaine Chan, DO

Family Doc Takes Aim at Obesity among Navajo Teens Charmain Chan, DO, Family Medicine, Northern Navajo Medical Center March 2010 In February, we asked Clinician & Community readers to tell us what they are doing to tackle the problem of childhood obesity. Here, Charmaine Chan, DO, who works at an IHS site and at a school-based health center in Shiprock, NM, reports on her efforts among Navajo teens in Shiprock, NM. “We started a Wellness Group with Navajo adolescents, based on the … [Read more...]

ACU Members in the News

Carl Toney Carl Toney is an ACU charter member and past president, was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages. More Info ACU Member Visits Haiti ACU Board Member Katherine Brieger, RD, CDE, and COO of Hudson River HealthCare, Inc., was part of a team that visited Haiti to provide medical assistance in July 2010. This is her first person account of the trip. More Info Kate Wilson, RN July 2010 In this profile, Kate Wilson, … [Read more...]

Scholarships and Fellowships

2016 ACU-KP Scholarships Open to ACU Members only. Kaiser Permanente has committed funding in 2016 for ACU members to participate in professional development programs, conferences and seminars sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). There are two ways to participate: Attend IHI Open School online courses or Various IHI trainings, seminars or conferences. Funding covers registration fees but not travel expense. Visit the IHI Web site for a list of upcoming programs. … [Read more...]