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2016 - National Workshop

The African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) will host its 7th national workshop in Philadelphia, PA, August 17 – 19, 2016. The workshop entitled, “Interdisciplinary and Cross-Sector Approaches to Advancing Black Community Health:  New Collaborations,” will bring together academic researchers and community stakeholders to advance the dialogue about the priorities, needs, and guidelines for research and interventions in black communities related to nutrition, physical activity, and weight control.

The 2016 workshop launches AACORN’s new and expanding vision to incorporate “building a culture of health” as recommended by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). We will focus on how black communities can design, implement, and benefit from new collaborative models  designed to enable community members to live healthier lives. The overarching workshop objective will be to identify high priority pathways for complementary and integrated solutions across multiple sectors. These solutions would inherently involve public and private actors, e.g., in economics and finance, food systems, education, housing, transportation, community design, and commerce in concert with public health and health care initiatives.

Space is limited and priority will be given to participants who can add diverse disciplinary or sectoral perspectives. If you are interested in attending please contact Dr. Sheldon Oliver Watts at or call 267.359.6147.