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2012 - 5th Invited Workshop

"Achieving Healthy Weight in African American Communities: What Works? What's New? What's Needed?"

On August 17-18, 2012, AACORN hosted its 5th Invited Workshop entitled "Achieving Healthy Weight in African American Communities: What Works? What's New? What's Needed?" Representatives from academia and government engaged with community-based partners in an integrative format intended to stimulate discussion about three overarching themes. Current knowledge, i.e., "What Works" was explored with respect to interventions that have been research tested and found effective as well as promising practices or intervention processes. The "What's New" examined emerging intervention trends, concepts, and tools. "What's Needed" focused on identifying the gaps and making recommendations for making progress going forward.

The workshop objectives were to:

  1. Assess current knowledge of effective weight control interventions relevant to black communities, examining current evidence across the life course and from multiple disciplinary perspectives; and
  2. Develop synthesis recommendations to inform the next phase of research, practice, and policy to eliminate obesity and related health disparities affecting African Americans.

A supplement in Obesity Reviews of recommendations for research, practice, and policy will be forthcoming.

The Institute of Medicine L.E.A.D. Framework: Identifying Evidence to Support Action
Presenter: Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, AACORN Founder and Chair

Download workshop presentation [PDF]

AACORN gratefully acknowledges our sponsorship for this workshop:

  • The National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (*Grant Number: 2R13MD005187-02)
  • The AACORN research and infrastructure grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

*Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.