August 2019
August is National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM19). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has great resources available on their website , including support strategies appropriate for healthcare settings, employers, and communities.

We were thrilled to kick off this month by cohosting a webinar with our colleagues from the California Department of Public Health's Chronic Disease Control Branch about their Prevention Forward initiative. If you missed the webinar, a recording available is available HERE . Make sure to look under our Upcoming Events section for more information on our September and October programming.
Additionally, on August 4 th we released the first Quarterly Activity Report for the 2019 cohort to complete. Fellows from the 2019 cohort should make sure to look in their email inbox for a link to the Qualtrics survey.
And finally, the California Department of Public Health, along with their partners, hosted the 10th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference July 15 – 18 in Anaheim. The conference theme was Beyond Obesity: Tackling Root Causes.  Representatives from the Champion Provider Fellowship team and many of our local health department colleagues were in attendance. Resources from the conference are now available online HERE . If you were unable to attend the conference, I would highly encourage you to take a look at the resources, as there was a lot of great content provided. 

In Health,

Vanessa Thompson, MD
Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Director, Champion Provider Fellowship
Upcoming Events
Work-In-Progress (WIP) #3
(for fellows)
Friday, September 13, 2019
12:15 - 1:15PM
Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Bimonthly Local Health Department Call
(for LHDs)

Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 - 3:00PM

Tuesday, October 22 |  8:30am – 4pm
The California Endowment | Oakland, CA

  Champion Provider Fellows will learn the differences between various types of media outlets and how to successfully work with each, the qualities that make a story newsworthy, how to craft and deliver a compelling story and pitfalls to avoid when working with the press. The training, presented by Brown·Miller Communications, includes mock interviews and constructive critiques.
Email to reserve a spot in the training.
SAVE-THE-DATE: Spring Mini College
(for fellows and LHDs)
Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Location: Northern California (Exact Location: TBA)
Time: All Day
Fellow Activities
Dai Park, MD

 Dr. Park m et with the local health department and city parks & recreation department to start a Park Rx program.
Teda Arunrut, MD, MS
(Los Angeles)

Dr. Arunrut submitted a letter of support for a bill designed to improve access to CalFresh.
*Champion Provider Listserv*
Collaborate & communicate with Champion Provider
Fellows across the state about your community change efforts.
Post a message by emailing:
Policy Brief
NIDCR is asking for your input on five priority areas and draft goals which are now being used to organize the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.   The priority areas include: Oral Health and Overall Health , Precision Health , Regenerative Medicine , Health Disparities and Diverse Workforce
Comment period ends tomorrow , Thursday, August 15th
This bill, approved by Governor Gavin Newsom in April, creates a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund with approximately $130 million each year for ten years to support safe drinking water projects in vulnerable communities.
Organization Spotlight
Dear Healthcare Providers,
The National Drinking Water Alliance is working to make water first for thirst. Water in any form (tap, bottled, filtered) is healthier than sugary beverages. Our website is a go-to source for drinking water resources - for schools, early care and education, and communities – like these new easy-to-read fliers in English and Spanish to post in your community.
Focus Area :
NDWA works to build drinking water access and consumption through inter-related action areas:  research policy safety access , and  education . Our common agenda: encouraging more people to drink water more of the time, instead of sugary drinks, and promoting tap water whenever possible.

Clientele Served :
The National Drinking Water Alliance is a national network of organizations and individuals from across the U.S., including researchers, public health, dental, and education professionals and advocates, and other stakeholders.
2019-2020 Key Initiatives:
How to Get Involved:
  • Urging the inclusion of strong and actionable language in support of drinking water in place of sugary drinks in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and urging USDA to take the necessary steps to add a symbol for water to the MyPlate graphic

  • Improving children’s drinking water safety and access through Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (federal legislation authorizing WIC, National School Lunch Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program)
  • Help us send Washington a message: Make Water First for Thirst by joining our comment campaign on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020

  • Stay up-to-date on drinking water by joining our listserv (email to join) or by reading our News section

  • Be in touch if we can be a resource for your work on drinking water – or share the work that you are doing on water!
From the Field
Note: Materials included in this section are for reference and information purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the federal government, California Department of Public Health, or the University of California, San Francisco.
Quintero, Fernando. Berkeley Media Studies Group. 2019
Marketing tactics are focused on the four Ps – place, price, product, and promotion. Companies will use these strategies of marketing to adversely target communities low income communities and communities of colors. In this series, each of the four Ps are analyzed individually to demonstrate how the tactic is used to target/exploit communities and provides suggestions for how public health advocates can counteract these efforts.

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019.
Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Given the inter-relatedness between health and education outcomes, increased collaboration between the two sectors is warranted. The workshop explored opportunities for and examples of health-education collaboration and policy implications, for pre-K through 12 th grade.
Ribakove, Sara and Wooton, Margo. July 2019.
Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Americans are increasingly consuming food outside the home. When children eat outside the home that often results in increased caloric consumption, increased consumption of added sugars and reduced consumption of vegetables. Consequently, public health advocates have been pushing for policies that regulate children’s menus, especially the type of default beverages offered on the menu. This report analyzes the beverage offerings on children’s menus for the top 200 chain restaurants in the US, showing that of the 135 with designated beverage menus, 83% offered sodas or other sugary drinks.

Rodman-Alvarez, S. & Colasanti, K. (2019).
East Lansing, MI. Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.
This document provides a comprehensive overview of different metrics currently being used or recommended to be used to assess the racial equity in the food system. The measures are broken out into four thematic areas: food access, food and farm business, food chain labor and food movement. 
More Opportunities
Let’s “Glu-Close” the Gap!


August 22 | Sacramento

S elf-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) Monitoring Workshops
Sept 22 (Redding) & 26 (Fresno)

The American Heart Association and the California Department of Public Health are conducting two free, six-hour training sessions in September.

Audience: Promotoras, community health workers, and other clinic staff working directly with clients.

Goal: To train clinic workers to teach those at risk for developing hypertension how to properly measure and report their blood pressure readings.

Each training participant will receive a certificate of completion as well as a blood pressure monitoring device.
Advocating for Children Together (ACT) 2019
October 5 | Oakland
Learn from advocacy experts on how to better serve the children and families of the Bay Area beyond. The workshops will include:
  • Writing an Op-Ed
  • Writing AAP Annual Leadership Forum Resolutions
  • Using media to advance public health
  • Maximizing advocacy through time-efficient strategies
2019 Annual Food Policy Forum
Building Multisectoral Collaboration to Create Healthier Food Environments
September 11 | Los Angeles

Convened by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

Please see tentative agenda and registration link below!