July 2019
We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July! We are excited to announce that we have finalized and posted our 2019 – 2020 Training Schedule on our website - b e sure to check our Events page for additional details as each training date approaches. Information about our upcoming July Work-In-Progress Call and August webinar is featured in our Upcoming Events section below.
Also, all materials, including photographs, from the 2019 Onboarding Training are now available on the Champion Provider Fellowship website HERE . Headshots of the 2019 Cohort will be forthcoming.
And finally, a friendly reminder that 2019 Healthy Snack Day is September 12 th . Fellows are encouraged to reach out to their local health departments to better understand how to participate in the day’s activities. 

In Health,

Vanessa Thompson, MD
Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Director, Champion Provider Fellowship
Upcoming Events
Work-In-Progress (WIP) Call #2 (for fellows)
Thursday, July 19 | 12:15 – 1:15pm
  • Professor, UCSF School of Medicine 
Presenter: Dr. Rachel Borovina
  • Champion Provider Fellow, San Mateo County

As requested during our May WIP, we invited Dr. Rachel Borovina to talk about her lessons learned around the implementation of the ParkRx program at her clinic. Dr. Borovina’s presentation from the April Onboarding Training is available HERE

  • Program Announcements
  • Presentation by Dr. Rachel Borovina on ParkRx
  • Discussion and Q&A with Dr. Borovina
  • Fellow Updates & Discussion*
  • Dr. Vivi Stafford (Topic: Food Security & Transportation Barriers)

*Provider Updates and Discussion: If you would like to present on the next WIP call, please email Jessica Davidman .
WEBINAR: Orientation to
Champion Provider Fellowship Resources
Tuesday, August 6 | 12:15 – 1:15pm
The upcoming webinar will orient fellows and local health departments to the Champion Provider Fellowship website  where they can find training resources, information on upcoming events, success stories, and much more.
We will also be joined by representatives from the CDPH Chronic Disease Control Branch who will be providing an overview of their  Prevention Forward Program .
by Brown·Miller  Communications
Tuesday, October 22 |  8:30am – 4pm
The California Endowment | Oakland, CA
*only 3 spaces left!*
Join us for a special day-long interactive media training workshop for Champion Provider Fellows. You’ll learn the differences between various types of media outlets and what you need to know 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 interactive activities, mock interviews and constructive critiques.
Fellow Activities
Gina Johnson, MD
(Los Angeles)

Dr. Johnson, P ediatric Medical Director for Northeast Valley Health Corporation, was quoted in the April 16th Los Angeles Times article, To steer her child away from obesity, a mother turns her life upside down .
Lyra Ng, MD, MPH
(San Francisco)
Dr. Ng is featured in the video, Hellman Collaborative Change Initiative Changemakers Film 2019 , highlighting her work on CavityFreeSF.

Christine Bixby, MD
Presented at the California Association of Neonatologists conference advocating for breastfeeding support as an important role for fellows and soon to be attending Neonatologists.
Charles Newens, DDS

Continues to attend meetings for the Sacramento Oral Health Program where one of the goals is to increase the number of dental offices that provide Rethink Your Drink Messaging to clients. 
Alan Siegel, MD
(Contra Costa)

This Richmond Pulse article, Doctor’s Orders: Richmond Prescribed a Day in the Park , quotes both Champion Provider Fellow, Dr. Siegel, and LHD representative, Tiffany Bell, about the Walk-With-A-Doc program.
Abrey Daniel, DDS
(Los Angeles)

Through her work with the LA County Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program, Dr. Daniel, has partnered with the nutrition program to incorporate dental clinics into one of the eight Los Angeles County Service Planning Area (SPA) food bank maps; the ultimate goal is to expand to all 7 SPAs.
*Champion Provider Listserv*
Collaborate & communicate with Champion Provider
Fellows across the state about your community change efforts.
Post a message by emailing:  champion-providers@googlegroups.com
Policy Brief

For the fifth time (2018, 2017, 2015, and 2014), a bill to require the placement of a warning label on sugary beverages that had 75 or more calories per 12oz., did not have the required votes from the Assembly Health Committee to move the bill forward. The label would state, “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) may contribute to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.”

This bill passed out of the Senate Committee on Education on consent with a unanimous vote of support. AB 842 would increase access to healthy meals for low-income children in preschool and child care. AB 842 will now head to the Senate Committee on Appropriations
Organization Spotlight
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.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019.
The April 1, 2019 workshop explored historical issues of health equity among those demographic groups that suffer disproportionately above-average obesity risk. Frameworks and approaches to address health equity were evaluated in the context of obesity prevention and treatment efforts. The session explored several lessons from the field in achieving equity in the prevention and treatment of obesity both in the community/public health and health care settings.

von Philipsborn P et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2019.
A team of researchers reviewed 58 studies aimed at reducing overall sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (SSB) by changing the physical or social environments where SSBs are bought or consumed. Interventions from 19 different countries were represented in the review. The strength of evidence for various approaches ranged from low to moderate. The review did not include an assessment of SSB taxation, which will be a focus of future reviews.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service. June 18, 2019.
There still remains a large gap between the number of children that receive free and reduce-price meals at their schools (~22 million) and those that participate in the USDA’s Summer Meal Program (~3.7 million). The Summer Meal Program aims to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months. Many Summer Meal Sites, about 60%, also offer breakfast in addition to lunch.
Find a local Summer Meal Sites:
  1. Call 1-866-348-6478 (USDA National Hunger Hotline)
  2. Text “Summer Meals” to 97779
  3. Visit the online Summer Meals Finder
Feedhoff, Yoni. Medscape . June 20, 2019
In this commentary, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, discusses the failures of individual-based, fear campaigns to curb the obesity epidemic and, instead, highlights a few examples where cities have taken more comprehensive approaches to tackle the food and built environments to successfully reduce obesity rates.
More Opportunities
July 15-18 | Anaheim

CPF Presentation
@ Mini Plenary Session 5.4
Wed. July 17 | 1:30–3pm | Salon F
Join the nation’s largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity/ overweight.
Let’s “Glu-Close” the Gap!
August 22 | Sacramento
The Op-Ed Project
09.14 | Los Angeles
10.05 & 12.07 | San Francisco
  • participate in games, high stakes scenarios, and live experiments to think in new and bigger ways about what you know, why it matters, and how to use it. 
  • draft your Op-Ed and get connected to a journalist mentor for individual follow up!
5th Annual Harvard-UCLA Food Law & Policy Conference
Reflections on Regulating Sugar: The Role of Law in Reducing Consumption
November 15 | Los Angeles

Hosted by the UCLA Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy , in conjunction with Harvard University’s Food Law Lab, the purpose of this annual conference is to convene interdisciplinary groups of experts from science, law, and policy to discuss current prevalent issues and solutions in the modern food system. Stay posted for more details.