2012 Health Graduate Summit
April 16, 2012
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Rayburn House Office Building – Room B339
Food Deserts, Childhood Obesity, and the Latino Community: Strategic Public-Private Partnership
Moderated by CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Nicole Burda
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In the near future, the negative effects of obesity have the potential to ripple throughout the nation, precipitating a tsunami of healthcare costs and contributing to stunted economic growth and national progress. Increasing access to healthy food in underserved areas is a critical component of any comprehensive effort to improve public health and reverse the obesity epidemic. The prevalence of obesity among Latino children and youth cannot be ignored, as Latinos are the fastest growing and most populous ethnic minority group in the United States.
Join CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Nicole Burda as she leads a discussion on the current food desert landscape and obesity epidemic, and promising strategies which facilitate strategic private-public partnerships and build on community assets to improve accessibility of healthy food.
Opening Remarks: Julia-Feliz Sessoms, Director of Global Policy, PepsiCo
- Paula Dutko - Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Gus Schumacher - Executive Vice President of Policy, Wholesome Wave
- Ryan D. Shadrick Wilson – General Counsel and Policy Advisor, Partnership for a Healthier America
The 2012 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.