Center for Public Health Nutrition

Key Partners

University Partners

Health Promotion Research Center

CPHN faculty and staff collaborate on special interest projects through the Health Promotion Research Center including Translating Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools and the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN). Donna Johnson is an HPRC investigator and is a co-principal investigator for NOPRN.

Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

Donna Johnson was a co-investigator on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the association between ilkparticipation in different types of non-parental child care settings and children's overweight/obesity outcomes during the adiposity rebound. CPHN published three issue briefs on child care and obesity prevention that built on the results from this project.

UW School of Dentistry

The UW School of Dentistry conducts oral health research projects with the Lewis County Community Health Partnership. CPHN has joined in this work to address oral health, nutrition, and physical activity issues in Lewis County.

UW Urban Form Lab

UFL research aims to affect policy and to support approaches to the design and planning of more livable environments. The UFL specializes in geospatial analyses of the built environment using multiple micro-scale data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Northwest Center for Research on Eating Behaviors

The mission of the Northwest Center for Research on Eating Behaviors (NWCREB) is to generate information on feeding, food preference, food choices and motivation for feeding, and potential metabolic consequences of these behaviors. Adam Drewnowski is a member of the NWCREB advisory panel.

Government Partners

Washington State Department of Health

Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity Program: CPHN works closely with the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program in the Office of Community Wellness & Prevention to assist with the evaluation of the Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan. The Center manages Partners in Action, a web site and quarterly on-line newsletter on Plan activities in Washington State.

Washington State WIC: CPHN partnered with Washington State WIC on a special projects grant from USDA titled “Building Community Collaboration to Increase WIC Clients’ Fruit and Vegetable Consumption.” The Center also partnered with the state WIC program to implement and evaluate Healthy Habits, a statewide health promotion initiative to encourage family meals and increase physical activity.

Maternal and Child Health Section: CPHN worked with the Maternal and Child Health Section to develop childcare health modules on nutrition and physical activity environments.

Public Health-Seattle & King County and the King County Board of Health

Overweight Prevention Initiative: As part of the Overweight Prevention Initiative, CPHN assisted in the development of strategic planning forums around obesity.  The Overweight Prevention Initiative convened a large group of stakeholders to make improvements in environment and policies to help ensure that residents of King County eat healthy food and are physically active.

Community Partners

Seattle Public Schools

The Center works closely with Seattle Public Schools to evaluate nutrition and physical activity policies and programs. Projects include:

Healthy Eating by Design project at T.T. Minor Elementary School: Center staff and students collaborated with the project team to evaluate the impact of this project on the school’s nutrition environment.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum Evaluation: Center staff assisted in the evaluation of a nutrition and physical activity curriculum implemented in selected South Seattle schools in 2007-08.

Studying the impact of Seattle Public School's Non-Commercialism Policy: Donna Johnson (PI) conducted this pilot study at Cleveland and Rainier Beach high schools with funding from the National Institute of Health. The study measured changes in the students' attitudes, intentions, and behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity.

Lewis County Community Health Partnership (LCCHP)

Evaluation of the Lewis County Healthy Children Project: This three year project is funded by the US Department of Education as part of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program.  CPHN is evaluating the implementation of a comprehensive K-12 fitness curriculum in four school districts in Lewis County from 2007-2010

Needs Assessment using GIS Mapping: Under a grant from the Northwest/Alaska Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities, the Center conducted a needs assessment in Lewis County using GIS mapping and other techniques with the goal of developing interventions that will reduce the disparities associated with oral health and overweight.

Evaluation of Five for Life Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum: With a grant from the Washington Health Foundation, the LCCHP invited CPHN to assist in the evaluation of a nutrition and physical activity curriculum, Five for Life, implemented in three rural school districts: Adna, Morton and White Pass.

Schools Out Washington

CPHN staff and interns partnered with Schools Out Washington to create a screen time reduction curriculum and training for out-of-school care providers.