August 2017
Central Valley Mini College
Central Valley Mini-College
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center (1055 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721)

The Central Valley Mini College will focus on implementation of policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change strategies, within diverse community settings. Content will be relevant to Fellows from the Central Valley and throughout California. 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. Click here to see the agenda. If you have colleagues that may be interested in joining, please download and distribute the event flyer here.  

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.

Travel: Champion Provider Fellows will be reimbursed for airfare, ground transportation, mileage, and one-night of hotel accommodations at the training. A room block has been secured at the Radisson at the state rate of $90/night. A link to book a room in the hotel block will be available in the next week.

Registration: Click here to register. There is no registration fee. 

For more information contact Alana Pfeffinger, Project Coordinator, at or (415) 206-5141.
Program Update from Dr. Thompson
Greetings and Happy Summer!
In mid-July we held our first bi-monthly call with the local health departments participating in the Champion Provider Fellowship. It was exciting to hear everyone's enthusiasm for the program and the great work that is already underway. In the next few days, Champion Provider Fellows will have an opportunity to report on activities they have been involved in over the past three months by filling out the Quarterly Activity Update. We look forward to sharing each fellow's successes in subsequent newsletters.     
In July we also found out that our Champion Provider Fellowship video won 1st Place in the CDPH contest "What Does Public Health Mean to You?" You can watch the video below.           
Recently, we have also been collaborating with the California Medical Association to develop a policy panel for the Central Valley Mini College. Through our partnership, we are excited to announce that we will be able to sponsor up to five Fellows to attend the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Building Healthy Communities Summit on October 19 - October 20 in Anaheim, CA. (Click here to learn more about the Summit.) More information about how to be considered for a sponsorship to attend the conference will be sent out towards the end of the month. The sponsorship will cover registration only. If you are interested in attending the conference on behalf of the Champion Provider Fellowship program please contact Alana Pfeffinger at 

I look forward to seeing many of you at the end of September in Fresno!

In Health,

Vanessa Thompson
Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine  
Principal Investigator, Champion Provider Fellowship      
Champion Provider Fellow Activities
Dr. Michael Nelson(Shasta County) continues to host up to 6 community meetings a month as part of his work in promoting a plant-based diet in Redding, CA. You can learn more about his work by visiting his Facebook pages, McDougall Mondays with Dr. Nelson and Plant Empowered Redding.
Dr. Sharon DiPierro (San Mateo  County) will be participating in a "Walk with the Doc" event on October 28th. In an effort to increase physical activity and county park utilization amongst East Palo Alto residents, the San Mateo County Local Health Department has partnered with the county parks and Dr. DiPierro who practices at Ravenswood Family Health Center to facilitate this activity. 
From the Field: Recent Articles & Publications
From the Field highlights recent articles and publications compiled by Champion Provider Fellowship project team members. We invite Champion Provider Fellows 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.
Incidence Trends of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among Youths, 2002 - 2012
Meyer-Davis et al. New England Journal of Medicine, April 2017
The article outlines the increase in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes incidence among youths from 2002 - 2012. Increases in incidence among ethnic and racial minority groups were particularly significant.  Access the article here.
Walk This Way: A Resource on State and Local Policies that Support Physical Activity in and Around the Workplace
ChangeLab Solutions, July 2017
The guidebook explores local and state policies to increase physical activity in and around the workplace. It examines sample policies and reviews the policy-making process from identifying needs all the way though policy implementation and evaluation.  Access the guidebook here.

Soda Taxes Take Off Across the Country
Kuehn, Bridget. Circulation. American Health Association. August 2017
The article provides updates on the recent impact of soda taxes on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. It also discusses the different messaging used by Berkeley and Philadelphia in their respective soda tax campaigns. Access the article here.

Student Acceptance of Plain Milk Increases Significantly 2 Years after Flavored Milk is Removed from School Cafeterias: An Observational Study
Schwartz, et al. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. May 2017
Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on San Francisco Unified School District's decision to ban chocolate milk from school menus. This is in contrast to a decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District which decided to put chocolate milk back on school menus. The article by Schwartz et al. reports on a recent study showing that school-wide per-student consumption of milk increases overtime after flavored milk is removed from school cafeterias.  Access the article here

Featured Conferences from Partner Organizations
Central Valley Diabetes Symposium
Thursday, August 31 2017, 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Fort Washington County Club
10272 N. Millbrook Avenue, Fresno, CA 93730

Sessions include: 
  • Update in Pharmacological Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus for Primary Care Providers
  • The Physician's Role in Diabetes Prevention

For more details click here . To download the event flyer click here.

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