Poverty and Obesity Forum: Disparities in Diet and Health
On March 2, 2007, more than 150 researchers, public health practitioners, and community members met to learn about environmental determinants of health and, specifically, the links between socioeconomic variables and obesity and how this information can inform public health practice and policy.
Session 1: The Links Between Poverty and Obesity
- Paula Braveman, MD, MPH- UCSF: Definining disparities: key variables
- Roland Sturm, PhD- RAND Corporation: Obesity in America: time and demographic trends
Session 2: The Cost of Healthy Diets: Money and Time
- Adam Drewnowski, PhD- UW: Food choices and diet costs: an economic analysis
- Diego Rose, PhD, MPH- Tulane University: The importance of time for poverty assessment, food policy, and nutrition education
Session 3: Improving Access to Healthy Foods
- Marilyn Townsend, PhD, RD- UC-Davis: Food security and obesity: A strategy for child obesity prevention in low-income communities
- Steve Vosti, PhD- UC-Davis: Are healthy alternatives available for all?
Session 4: Policy Strategies for Reducing Disparities in Obesity and Health
- Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH- The California Endowment: Policy and advocacy strategies to promote healthy eating and active communities
- Charles Royer- Institute for Community Change: Community change initiatives to reduce disparities and improve health