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Pre-Conference Workshop: "Towards Health Equity: Transforming Communities through Engagement"

  • 18 Apr 2012
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY


  • Registration includes lunch and materials.
    (NYSPHA members must log in to access the discounted member registration rate.)
  • Registration includes lunch and materials. Members must be current through April 18, 2012.

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Healthy People 2020 suggests that health equity includes ensuring that Americans have the opportunity to live in health-promoting social and physical environments. To impact health disparities, attention must be paid not only to individual behavior change but to changes in community contexts.

Join us for an innovative and informative program … Learn from experts who have studied public health issues in communities and from those who have made successful changes.

10 AM -11:30 AM:    “Engaging Neighborhood Residents in the Creation of Opportunities for Healthy Living”

Presented by: Deborah Puntenney, PhD, Northwestern University; Barbara Zappia, MPA, Greater Rochester Health Foundation; Miguel Melendez, Jr., BA, HOPE of the Ibero-American Development Corporation in the Northeast Sector of Rochester, NY; Lauren Snyder, RN, MPA, Our Town Rocks of the S2AY Rural Health Network of Corning, NY

In neighborhoods characterized by health disparities, community engagement can result in residents developing as capable actors to influence both the context in which they live and their own choices. Learn about two innovative projects at the confluence if community building and health improvement. Within focused neighborhood geographies, projects engage residents in a) creating their own definitions for health, b) developing plans for making their neighborhoods healthier places and c) action and advocacy towards health equity.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: “Motivating Grassroots to Make Policy Changes”

Presented by: Nancy Huehnergarth, New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance (NYSHEPHA)

How a grassroots movement resulted in successful menu labeling campaigns in New York State and a look at what evidence-based public health policies are on the horizon for New York State and the nation.

 12:30- 1:30 PM: Lunch Provided

 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: “Sugar-Drink Consumption and Neighborhood Store Environments in New York State”

                                    Presented by: Ann Lowenfels, MPH,     Kathleen Wales, BS, Ian Brissett, PhD

                                    New York State Department of Health

New York State data reveals disparities in sugar-drink consumption patterns among adults and children and in neighborhood store environments. Using appropriate intervention strategies, unhealthy behaviors such as sugar-drink consumption and health disparities can be addressed in local neighborhoods.


2:30 PM- 3:30 PM: “Addressing Point of Sale Marketing of Tobacco Products”

Presented by: Nikysha Harding, Director, Boston Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Odessa Ortiz, Project Director, CPPW Tobacco Initiative

Case study presentation by tobacco control advocates in Boston, MA on how pharmacies college campuses banned the sale of tobacco products, how stores are addressing point of sale marketing of tobacco and other successes of the Boston Tobacco Control Program.

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