Public Health Practice
The Center's Public Health Practice Group (PHPG) supports evidence-based approaches for environmental and policy change.
- Advance public health approaches to improve nutrition and physical activity through environmental and policy change
- Build partnerships and collaborations with practitioners, government agencies and communities
- Provide technical assistance in the translation of research into policy and practice
- Shape obesity and chronic disease prevention and reduction efforts
Faculty and staff collaborate with government agencies and community groups as they develop policies and programs to improve nutrition and physical activity. The group also evaluates outcomes associated with changing policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Our current portfolio of projects contributes to evidence-informed practice and policies with a scope ranging from individual families to federal nutrition programs.
- Collaborative Research Partnership to Transform School Health. Donna Johnson was awarded a $1 million ARRA grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to build an infrastructure for research between UW and Seattle Public Schools. More>
- Donna Johnson is one of four university Partners providing at least four traineeships for individuals pursuing a nutrition graduate degree at one of the Partner institution though the UCLA Partners in Excellence for Leadership in Maternal Childhood Health (MCH) Nutrition Education. More>
Examples of other projects:
- Unplugged and Media Savvy: Working with families to set rules at home to reduce the negative impact of entertainment screen-time on food choice
Policies & Environments
- Report on Washington's Food System: Response to Executive Order 10-02, January 2012. A CPHN team facilitated the planning and development of the report by the following state agencies: Department of Health, Department of Social and Health Services, State Conservation Commission, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Department of Agriculture.
- Partners in Action: Supporting implementation and evaluating the Impact of the Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan
- Evaluating American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Standards & Recommendations: A partnership with the Coalition for Safety and Health in Early Learning (CSHEL) supported by Communities Putting Prevention to Work will cross-walk AAP standards for nutrition, physical activity and screen time in child care settings with Washington State regulations
- Opportunities to Increase Access to Healthy Foods: An environmental scan and report for WA Access to Healthy Foods Coalition
For more information:
Donna Johnson, PhD, RD
Associate Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition