Thursday, April 10, 2008 Agenda

Thursday, April 10, 2008 Agenda

7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration Open

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Address
Joe Schilling, J.D., L.L.M., Program Committee Chair, Virginia Tech's Metropolitan Institute

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Active Living Research: Translating Research to Policy Award Presentation
Award Presenter: James F. Sallis, Ph.D., Director, Active Living Research

Award Co-Recipients:
• Jim Raczynski, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
• Joseph W. Thompson, M.D., M.P.H., Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
• Herschel W. Cleveland, J.D., State of Arkansas, Department of Information Systems

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Panel Presentation

Barriers to Translating Research into Effective Policy

The purpose of the 90-minute session is to identify barriers at the local, state, and federal levels in using research to inform policy. The panel will share their experiences working to design, implement and evaluate policies on active living and obesity prevention. Panelists will also address ways in which research-driven policies have derived from or impacted high-risk communities.

What are CITIES Doing to Combate Childhood Obesity: The Relationship Between Research and City Policy [pdf], Leon T. Andrews, Youth Development Program Director, National League of Cities

Panel Members:
• ALR Translating Research to Policy Award Winners: Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 [pdf], Jim Raczynski, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.; Joseph W. Thompson, M.D., M.P.H.
Translating Research Into Effective Policy [pdf], Joseph Curtatone, Mayor, City of Somerville, Massachusetts
Federal Perspective on the Barriers to Translating Research into Effective Policy [pdf], Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, Ph.D., Professional Staff, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senator Tom Harkin’s Office

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break and Group Physical Activity

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers Presentation
Keynote Introduction: C. Tracy Orleans, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow, Senior Scientist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Keynote Speakers:
• Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D - OR)
• Congressman Zach Wamp (R - TN)

Saving the Planet by Active Living: Research to Policy to Action

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Plenary Policy Presentations
1) What Factors Affect the Passage of State Legislation to Prevent Childhood Obesity?, Elizabeth Dodson, M.P.H., Saint Louis University
2) Use of Health Impact Assessment in the United States: 27 Case Studies, 1999-2007, Candace Rutt, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Panel Presentation

School Health Policies

This panel will first highlight key physical activity and nutrition results from the CDC’s 2006 School Health Policies and Programs Study. Secondly, steps, barriers, challenges, and opportunities related to establishing school-based physical activity and nutrition policies will be discussed. Panelists will also discuss experiences with implementing and monitoring school policies within urban and disadvantaged school communities.

School Health Policies [pdf], Sarah Lee, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent & School Health (DASH)

Panel Members:
School Boards and School Wellness Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation [pdf], Martin Gonzalez, Assistant Executive Director, California School Boards Association
School Health Policy [pdf], Joan Brucha, M.P.H., Associate Director, Capacity Building Services, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
• Terry O'Toole, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent & School Health (DASH)

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Facilitated Discussion: Connecting Researchers, Advocates, and Policy Makers
Joe Schilling, J.D., L.L.M., Virginia Tech's Metropolitan Institute

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Advocacy Breakout Discussions

Breakout sessions featured representatives from advocacy groups in the areas of transportation and land use, physical activity and recreation, children and education, and socioeconomic disparities. Representatives spoke about their organization’s mission, how it relates to active living, and where they find data and how they use it in their work. Researchers and advocates discussed ways in which research and advocacy can inform each other to advance the active living mission, the challenges faced by researchers in engaging advocacy, and the constraints that make it difficult for research findings to have the greatest impact on advocacy and policy.

Transportation/Land Use
Session Moderator: Celeste Torio, Ph.D., Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Bill Wilkinson, AICP, Executive Director
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Keith Laughlin, President
League of American Bicyclists, Andy Clarke, Executive Director

Physical Activity and Recreation
Session Moderator: Karla Henderson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University

National Recreation and Parks Association, Richard Dolesh, C.P.R.P., Senior Director, Public Policy
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, Sheila Franklin, Executive Director
City Parks Alliance, Catherine Nagel, Executive Director

Children and Education
Session Moderator: Stephanie Weiss, Sc.M., Research Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Smart Growth America, Jonathan Weiss, J.D., Founding Chair, Smart Schools, Smart Growth Initiative
Children's Environmental Health Network, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, M.P.H., Executive Director
Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc., Ruth T. Perot, M.A.T., Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Socioeconomic Disparities
Session Moderator: Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota

National Indian Health Board, Lisa Neel, M.P.H., Deputy Director of Public Health Programs
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Marjorie Innocent, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research
National Council of La Raza, Jennifer Ng'andu, Associate Director, Health Policy Project
Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Deeana Jang, J.D., Policy Director

6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own