July 2017
Central Valley Mini College
Central Valley Mini-College
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Fresno, CA (Venue to be announced)

The Central Valley Mini College will focus on implementation of policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change strategies, especially within Central Valley and rural communities. Highlights of the training will include a policy panel hosted by the California Medical Association and an entire afternoon of skill-building workshops dedicated to PSE implementation designed by ChangeLab Solutions. 

Mini-College Attendees: The training is open to 2014 & 2017 Champion Provider Fellows, local health department representatives, SNAP-Ed local implementing agencies, and other health care providers (non-Champion Provider Fellow physicians and dentists, nurses, PAs, and NPs).

Travel: Champion Provider Fellows will be reimbursed for airfare, ground transportation, mileage, and one-night of hotel accommodations at the training.  

Registration:  The registration link will be made available soon.

For more information contact Alana Pfeffinger at alana.pfeffinger@ucsf.edu or (415) 206-5141.
Program Update from Dr. Thompson
Candid shot from the policy panel moderated by Dr. Dean Schillinger, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine.
On May 5-6, thirty-six physicians and dentists representing 20 counties from throughout California were officially onboarded into Champion Provider Fellowship program. Over the two-day training, Champion Provider Fellows were introduced to new concepts and skills that will be vital in advancing policy, systems and environmental change strategies in their communities. A few of the highlights of the training included:
  • A performance by a youth poet from The Bigger Picture
  • Policy panel featuring present and past San Francisco County Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar; former Richmond city council member Dr. Jeff Ritterman; and Ana Vasudeo, Program Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. (Panelists pictured above. Not pictured is Ana Vasudeo.)
  • Writing for Change session lead by UCSF Faculty member Dr. Vanessa Grubbs and Amy Markowiz, JD
  • Media training sessions from Brown Miller Communications 
  • And a keynote by Dr. Hilary Seligman, Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine and former Principal Investigator, Champion Provider Fellowship
Click here to see photos from May 5th.

In addition to the Champion Provider Fellows, we were excited to have local health department representatives in attendance on Day 1.  During an afternoon breakout session, Fellows and local health departments brainstormed ways they could work together to advance countywide obesity prevention strategies. Below is a summary of the different policy, systems and environmental change focus areas that local health departments and Fellows identified during the training. Since the onboarding, Fellows and local health department representatives have been actively meeting to further define action plans. Some of their activities are highlighted in the Champion Provider Fellow Updates section.                                  
What is upcoming for the Champion Provider Fellowship program? Local health departments will start their bi-monthly check-in calls led by Brown Miller Communications on Wednesday, July 19th.  We will also be hosting a special Central Valley Mini College on Wednesday, September 27th in Fresno, CA. (See announcement above.)

I hope all are having a wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing many of you in September!

In health,
Vanessa Thompson
Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine  
Principal Investigator, Champion Provider Fellowship      
Champion Provider Fellow Activity Updates
The Champion Provider Fellowship team attended the 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego from May 30-June 2. Here are some of the highlights from that conference:
Dr. Afflalo emceeing the networking reception on May 31st.
2014 Champion Provider Fellows (l-r) Dr. Stephanie Yoon, Dr. Cinnie Chou, and Dr. Patricia Cantrell met up with Alana Pfeffinger (Project Coordinator) and UCSF faculty members Dr. Alicia Fernandez and Dr. Vanessa Thompson (not pictured) for lunch during the conference.
Dr. Margarita Santibanez* (San Diego County) hosted the II Binational Childhood Obesity Symposium on May 30th.

Dr. Candice Taylor Lucas+ (Orange County) presented at the pre-conference session titled "First 1000 Days and Beyond: Early Childhood Obesity Prevention in Diverse Environments."

Dr. Suzanne Afflalo* (San Diego County) emceed the "Happy Heart Advices" networking reception. (See photo above)

Other Post-Onboarding Updates:

Dr. Lyra Ng* (San Francisco County) gave an interview with the local Asian TV station KTSF. Access to the KTSF interview is here (in Cantonese). She was also featured in an article for the newspaper World Journal. Click here to to see the article. (Translation coming soon.) 

Dr. Vivi Stafford* (Kings County) worked with the Kings Area Rural Transit (KART) to change their policy about the number of grocery bags that people can bring on buses. The policy increased the number of bags from 2 to 4. Dr. Stafford along with Dr. John Zweifler and Dr. Ayala have been actively starting to address food insecurity screening within their respective health systems.

Dr. Luz Tristan* (Imperial County) recently attended a Calexico School District meeting to express concern about school meals. She has been invited to form part of its school wellness committee.

+ 2014 Cohort
* 2017 Cohort
Featured Champion Provider Fellow Updates
Below are featured updates from the 2014 Champion Provider Fellowship cohort:
From the Field: Recent Articles & Publications
From the Field highlights recent articles and publications compiled by Champion Provider project team members. We invite Champion Providers and partners to submit articles and publications for consideration in future e-newsletters. Note: Articles and publications included on this list are for reference and information purposes only and no not imply endorsement by the federal government, California Department of Public Health, or the University of California, San Francisco.
Effective Legislative Advocacy - Lessons from Successful Medical Trainee Campaigns
New England Journal of Medicine, June 7, 2017
UCSF Department of Medicine resident Elizabeth P. Griffiths writes about the importance of going beyond the clinic walls to build relationships with lawmakers' staff members, in order to effectively lobby and advocate on behalf of patients. Access the article here.
School's Out...Who Ate? A Report on Summer Nutrition in California
California Food Policy Advocates, June 2017
For many low-income children throughout California, the summer months mean a loss of access to healthy school meals. The CFPA report outlines the broad implications that this lack in access has on student health and academic success.  Access the article here.

Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), 2017.
This toolkit shows clinicians how to document and screen for food insecurity, connect patients to food and nutrition programs, and steps that clinicians can take to support national and local policies addressing adequate access to healthy food for all. Access the toolkit here.

Food Insecurity Screening Algorithm for Pediatric Patients.
Nutrition & Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).
NOPREN developed a 2-page algorithm for screening pediatric and adolescent patients for food insecurity. Access the algorithm here
Are Sugary Drink Taxes Working? Early Evidence is Promising.
Healthy Food America, June 2017.
This research brief provides an overview of the effectiveness of sugary drink taxation in reducing sales and consumption of sugary drinks, citing examples from Berkeley, CA, and from Mexico. Access the article here.

Featured Webinars & Conferences from Partner Organizations
NOPREN Hunger Safety Net Workgroup Call
Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 9AM

Recently the California Food as Medicine Coalition was able to get state-level buy-in to pilot medically tailored, home delivered meals with the goal of improving health and reducing health care costs.  This is a significant achievement, showing how state advocacy might translate into food security support from government sources. Mark Ryle, CEO of Project Open Hand , one of the non-profit CBO’s that makes up the California Food as Medicine Coalition, will address the following:
  • What are the specifics of what got funded?
  • How did this topic end up on the state policy agenda?
  • What arguments resonated with policymakers in the supporting this work?
  • How was research engaged or used in the policy process?

Step 1: Click:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/160208781
Step 2: Dial: (312) 757-3119
Step 3: Access Code: 160-208-781

ChangeLab Solutions: Hospital-Community Partnerships: Using Local & Institutional Policy to Address Root Causes of Food Insecurity
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 10AM - 11AM

ChangeLab Solutions is partnering with Moving Health Care Upstream to host a two-part webinar series about realistic, innovative local and institutional policy strategies that hospitals can use to address the root causes of asthma and food insecurity. Information about the food insecurity webinar is below: 


  • Kate Blackburn is a Senior Program & Policy Analyst with the National Office of Policy & Prevention at Nemours.
  • Holly Calhoun is a Project Manager at the Public Health Institute. 
  • Rio Holaday, MPH, is a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions. 
  • Wendy Palmer MS, RD, LD, CHES is the Manager of Wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 
  • Jennifer Puestow is the Manager of Wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 

Click here to register for the webinar.

California Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project: Planning for Health: Cross-sector Collaboration to Achieve Health Communities for All
August 30 - 31, 2017 at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside, CA

This convening will bring together local health departments and city, county and regional planning and community development professionals, and engaged community leaders in Southern California to explore opportunities to enhance collaborations that address shared goals for healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities.  Participants will dive into key topics related to advancing equity through the integration of health and planning.   Regional case stories will illustrate concrete strategies used to unite these diverse stakeholders to create healthy built environments. Participants will have numerous opportunities to discuss with their own teams and with other jurisdictions how to apply these strategies locally

Click here for more details.

Questions or Comments?  
Please contact Alana Pfeffinger, MPH, CHES
Champion Providers Project Coordinator
Phone: (415) 206 - 5141