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NetChange: Supporting Healthy Black Communities

NetChange: Supporting Healthy Black Communities 

ABOUT NETCHANGE

NetChange is a national initiative of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), the premier research organization that develops and distributes information about ways to improve the health profiles of Black Americans. NetChange was created because we recognized that good evidence is needed in Black communities to develop solutions to food and physical activity-related health risks.


NetChange derives its name from the financial term meaning the change in value from one day to the next. Our mission is positive and lasting changes in health-related outcomes in Black communities.


NetChange is a platform that supports National Black Organizations (NBOs) in channeling their passion and commitment to Black communities through their local affiliate chapters. NetChange partners will be at the forefront of creating structural and environmental changes that produce sustainable improvements in the health of Black communities. Click here for more information.



NETCHANGE SITES

Our diligent and dedicated AACCORN members are committed to supporting healthy Black communities through NetChange. These members are recognized as experts in nutrition, physical activity and weight related issues affecting the Black community. They will develop compelling and sustainable initiatives in collaboration with the local affiliate NBO chapters.

BIRMINGHAM, AL

Olivia Affuso, PhD

Olivia Affuso, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and an Associate Scientist in the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Exercise Medicine. Her research focuses on the prevention of obesity and chronic disease through physical activity, body composition methods development, and the design of obesity randomized controlled trials.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC

Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, RD

Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, RD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine. Her research has focused on clinical and community-based diabetes self-management training interventions among African Americans with type 2 diabetes, behavioral weight loss interventions, weight loss maintenance, and lifestyle interventions using peer counselors (community and church diabetes advisors) to deliver telephone-based program components.

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CHICAGO, IL

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences and an IHRP Fellow. Dr. Odoms-Young’s research is focused on understanding social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and minority populations.

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HOUSTON, TX

Lorna H. McNeill, PhD, MPH

Lorna H. McNeill, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor of health disparities research in the Department of Health Disparities at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. McNeill's research is on the elimination of cancer-related health disparities in minority populations. Her research has particular emphasis on understanding the influence of social contextual determinants of cancer in minorities, with a special focus of the role of physical activity as a key preventive behavior.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

Sheldon Oliver Watts, PhD, MPH

Sheldon Oliver Watts, PhD, MPH, is the National Director of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) based at Drexel University, where he works on productivity, growth, marketing, impact, and organizational stability and the integration of these issues into school and university environments. Dr. Watts has experience in nutrition, health promotion, community engagement and project development and assessment in a variety of community and faith based settings, providing health information to diverse populations in different ways.

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WINSTON SALEM, NC

Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD

Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, is President & CEO at Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, NC. She is responsible for developing a program of externally funded research to advance Gramercy’s mission. She is also Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities at Winston-Salem State University. Her research interests include the role of physical activity in obesity prevention and control among racial and ethnic minority groups; physical activity behavior change programs among racial and ethnic minority groups; physical activity assessment; community-based participatory research; faith-based health promotion; and minority health and health disparities.

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