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Latinos and other people of color suffer high rates of obesity.
This is often due to racist policies and discriminatory practices that create less access to healthcare, healthy food, affordable housing, and financial resources for families of color.
What can we do about this?
You are invited to join a virtual workshop, “Systems and Obesity: Advances and Innovations for Equitable Health and Well-Being,” on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 (10 a.m. To 2:45 p.m. ET) and Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET).
This is the third workshop in a series from the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
“The workshop will explore how to advance strategies for sustainable systems-wide changes that leverage biased mental models, structural racism, and health communications to inform actionable priorities for individuals, organizations, and policymakers to reduce both incidence and prevalence of obesity,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, who is participating in the workshop.
Obesity Workshop Day 1 on 10/28
The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions workshop agenda includes:
Leveraging Data for Systems Change: Connecting Obesity and Its Underlying Determinants
- Bruce Y. Lee, City University of New York
- Ryan Masters, University of Colorado-Boulder
Systems Applications for Addressing Structural Barriers to Obesity
- Somava Saha, Well Being in the Nation Network
- Rachel Godsil, Perception Institute
Utilizing Policy for Obesity Solutions and Nutrition Security
- Sara Bleich, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Amelie Ramirez, Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio
A Multi-Sector Conversation on Systems Change for Obesity Solutions
- Bill Dietz, The George Washington University
- Shiriki Kumanyika, Drexel University
- Nicolaas P. Pronk, HealthPartners Institute
- Captain Heidi M. Blanck, CDC
- Jamie Bussel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., Obesity Action Coalition
- Megan Nechanicky, General Mills, Inc.
- Susan Yanovski, National Institutes of Health
Obesity Workshop Day 2 on 10/29
The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions workshop agenda also includes:
Patient-Provider Communications Around Obesity Treatment and Solutions
- Hunter Smith, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
- Kimberly Gudzune, Johns Hopkins Universityy
- David Sarwer, Temple University
What Can You Do to Address Latino Obesity?
“Improving health equity depends on improving structural conditions and decreasing social vulnerability to prevent the emergence of unmet social needs,” writes Salud America! curator Amanda Merck.
You can help your city shift more rapidly to structuralist action.
Download the free Salud America! “Get Your City to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis Action Pack“!
The Action Pack will help you gain feedback from local social justice groups and advocates of color. It will also help you start a conversation with city leaders for a resolution to declare racism a public health issue along with a commitment to take action to change policies and practices. It will also help build local support.