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

Registration:  Click here to register. There is no registration fee.  Registration closes Wednesday, September 20th!
Event Details: Go to the Champion Provider Fellowship website for an updated agenda and hotel information.
Program Update from Dr. Thompson
The team is busy finalizing details for the upcoming Central Valley Mini College next week. We have also been reading through the activities reported by Fellows in the August Quarterly Activity Update survey. Trends we have noticed from Fellow self-report before and after the onboarding training include:
  • Positive change in knowledge of evidence-based policy, systems and environmental change interventions,
  • Positive trends in reported skills acquisition (networking, leadership, public speaking), and
  • About 50% of Fellows self-reporting engagement in policy, systems and environmental change level activities.

We look forward to more great work from the field in the future.

I'm also excited to announce the addition of new faculty member Dr. Wagahta Semere, Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, to the Champion Provider Fellowship team. (See bio below.) Please welcome Wagahta when you see her at the Central Valley Mini College this month.

In Health,
Vanessa Thompson, MD
Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Champion Provider Fellowship
Meet Dr. Wagahta Semere!
Wagahta is an Assistant Professor at UCSF and primary care physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She recently completed a fellowship in health services research with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. Her research focuses on understanding the health and health care needs of vulnerable populations, with a particular interest in language and communication barriers. She has extensive experience working with diverse immigrant and refugee communities. As a fellow, she was trained in and applied methods of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) in her work. Wagahta looks forward to joining the Champion Provider Fellowship team.
Upcoming Events
Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Webinar hosted by ChangeLab Solutions on Tuesday, October 24th, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
The webinar will be a follow-up to ChangeLab Solutions' presentation at the Central Valley Mini College on September 27th. More details about the webinar and how to register will be available soon.
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Policy 101 Webinar hosted by California Medical Association (CMA) on November 8th, 12:15PM - 1:15PM
The webinar will also be a follow-up to the CMA panel at the Central Valley Mini College. More details about the webinar and how to register will be available soon.
First Work-In-Progress (WIP) call planned for November with Dr. Alicia Fernandez
The Work In Progress call series will provide an informal platform where Fellows can talk about the work they are doing and solicit feedback from their cohort and UCSF faculty members. Topics and format will be driven by Champion Provider Fellow feedback. Dr. Alicia Fernandez , Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, will be moderating the first WIP. Meeting invites to participate in the WIPs will be coming out soon.
Recent Champion Provider Fellow Activities
Since the May onboarding training, Champion Provider fellows have reported participating in some of the following activities:

New! Success story featuring Dr. Cinne Chou from Contra Costa County. Click HERE to read more.
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 do not imply endorsement by the federal government, California Department of Public Health, or the University of California, San Francisco.
State Policies to Prevent Obesity
The State of Obesity. August 2017.
This interactive tool looks at which states have adopted policies aimed at preventing obesity and supporting health in three settings: early childhood education, school, and community. View a report card for California here . See an overview of all state policies here .

New State and Territory Adult Obesity Maps Released
CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. August 2017
These maps from the CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity show the prevalence of adult obesity at national and state levels. All states had a prevalence of obesity greater than 20%. The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (32.0%) and the West the lowest prevalence of obesity (26.0%). Data used to create the maps came from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The maps are available here .

Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails: Eight Common Measures
North Carolina State University, CDC, and the National Park Service. August 2017
Access to a public park can provide a community with more opportunities to exercise. This report from researchers at NC State, the CDC, and the National Parks service describes how parks and trail systems can be used to improve community health. Walking access and adequate space for physical activity are just two of eight measures proposed in the article. You can calculate a park's health score or learn more about improving public health through parks in the report, located here.

Bicycle Trains, Cycling, and Physical Activity: A Pilot Cluster RCT
Mendoza et al. 2017 American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Adult-supervised "bike trains" helped 4th and 5th graders attending public schools in Seattle that serve low-income neighborhoods get an extra 21 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day. A report from Seattle Children's Hospital provides guides on how to start Safe Routes to School bike train programs. You can access the article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine here.
Questions or Comments? 
Please contact Alana Pfeffinger, MPH, CHES
Champion Providers Project Coordinator
Phone: (415) 206 - 5141