February 13, 2009

 hspace=On January 27, NPLAN Director, Marice Ashe, presented at the Institute of Medicine’s commission examining Childhood Obesity Prevention Actions for Local Governments.  She discussed the need for local health departments to work with other municipal agencies (e.g., land use planning, economic development, redevelopment, schools, park and recreation) to achieve public health goals.  She indicated NPLAN would be ready to support the committee’s recommendations with model policies and tools.

December 3, 2008

On October 24, 2008, Stephanie Stevens, NPLAN staff attorney, spoke on "Beyond Talking to Ourselves," a panel at the annual Society of Public Health Educator’s Conference (SOPHE) in San Diego, Calif.

During the sessions's interactive discussion, the panelists talked about how public health professionals could work with “non-traditional” partners like lawyers, policy makers, educators, and urban planners to address the economic and social conditions under which people live that determine their health.

December 1, 2008

On December 15, 2008, Karla Hampton will join NPLAN’s team as a staff attorney. Karla grew up in Richmond, California and completed her undergraduate work at California State University, Long Beach. She received her law degree from UC Berkeley. 

Upon graduating from law school, she received a highly competitive Equal Justice Works fellowship to work at the Legal Aid Society of D.C.  She was responsible for implementing a multi-faceted project to help the uninsured access health care. Upon completion of her fellowship, she worked as an attorney with the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Karla will assist NPLAN with product development and legal technical assistance.

November 9, 2008

On November 8, Todd Rogers, PhD, NPLAN's evaluator, gave a presentation on NPLAN at the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado. His presentation was titled Challenges in Evaluating Public Health Advocacy Support Systems: The Case of the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

Todd Rogers' presentation is now availableAbstract: In 2007, the National Legal & Policy Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) was initiated as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s significant commitment to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States by 2015. NPLAN is supporting policy innovation and implementation by empowering advocates and decision makers with expert legal technical assistance resources within a collaborative learning environment. The structural design of the Network, and its goals and objectives, were informed by a comprehensive needs assessment of hundreds of stakeholders involved in obesity prevention research, advocacy, and action. This presentation will detail the evaluation plan being implemented to assess the processes and impact of NPLAN, and will review the opportunities and challenges inherent in evaluating complex, multi-level public health advocacy support systems. Special attention will be paid to strategic and methodological decisions that must be made to enhance the rigor and relevance of the evaluation.

November 1, 2008

This quarter's issue includes information about fact sheets on dealing with secondhand smoke at home, licensing products released recently by TALC, and news on tobacco-free rodeo efforts, among other stories.