Save the Children CHANGE National Advisory Council


Susan J. Blumenthal MD, MPA
Director, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress;
Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.)
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CHANGE National Advisory Council:

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.
Director, Health Promotion and Communication
Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA
Thomas N. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Stanford Prevention Research Center
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA
Cornelia Butler Flora, Ph.D.
Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Eduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Institute of Health Policy
School of Public Health
University of Texas Health Science Center
Austin, TX

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Director, Graduate Program in Public Health Studies (MPH Program)
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D.
Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Russell R. Pate, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
Department of Exercise Science
Blatt Physical Education Center
Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC


Obesity Prevention in Women: Tipping the Scales Towards Health by Susan Blumenthal, MD and Timothy Dempsey, Huffington Post, May 14, 2010

Weighing in on Childhood Obesity Prevention by Susan Blumenthal, MD, Kate Pitts, and Anita Verma, Huffington Post, April 13, 2010

Community fat fight by Susan Blumenthal, MD, Washington Times, June 15, 2007

Applying a Public Health Approach to Decrease Obesity in the United States by Susan Blumenthal, MD, Tamara Klajn, Lauren Marsillo, Cathleen Greenzang, and Karamveer Jhawar, Havard Health Policy Review, 2003

A Public Health Approach to Decreasing Obesity by Susan Blumenthal, MD, Jennifer Hendi, and Lauren Marsillo, JAMA, November 6, 2002

CHANGE National Advisory Council Meeting:

Monday, July 16, 2007

Save the Children
th Floor Conference Room, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
2000 M Street, NW, Suite 500
, DC 20036



9:00 am Welcome and Introductions
Role of National Advisory Council, Meeting Goals, and Briefing Materials

Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A., Board of Trustees, Save the Children and Chair, Save the Children’s CHANGE National Advisory Council
Mark Shriver, M.P.A., Vice President and Managing Director, U.S. Programs,
Save the Children

9:20 am Overview of Save the Children’s International and U.S. Programs Theory of Change and Intended Impact
Tom Krift, M.A., Associate Vice President, U.S. Child Development Programs, Save the Children

9:45 am Child Health and Obesity in Rural America
Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A., Save the Children

10:30 am Group Discussion

10:45 am Overview of CHANGE Program, Save the Children and Tufts University
Partnership, and Formative Research Summary

Vivica Kraak, M.S., R.D., Save the Children

11:00 am Group Discussion
Vivica Kraak, M.S., R.D. and Colby Wagoner, M.S., Save the Children
Christina Economos, Ph.D., Raymond Hyatt Jr., Ph.D., and Julia Bloom, M.P.H., Tufts

11:15 am Overview of Shape Up Somerville (SUS)
Adapting and Testing SUS in the Rural Context: CHANGE Study
Intervention, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Timeline

Christina Economos, Ph.D., Tufts University

12:15 pm Group Discussion
Christina Economos, Ph.D., Raymond Hyatt Jr., Ph.D., and Julia Bloom, M.P.H., Tufts
Vivica Kraak, M.S., R.D., and Colby Wagoner, M.S., Save the Children

12:30 pm WORKING LUNCH (Group Discussion)
Future Directions in Childhood Obesity Prevention
Planning a Rural Childhood Obesity Summit

Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (facilitator) and CHANGE National Advisory Council Members

1:30 pm Feedback and Discussion on the CHANGE Study Tools, Intervention and Evaluation Design
Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (facilitator) and CHANGE National Advisory Council Members

3:00 pm Next Steps

4:00 pm ADJOURN