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Exhibit and Handouts

Photo of AACORN exhibit

This exhibit was created to commemorate AACORN's 10th anniversary and premiered at the Network's 5th invited workshop in August 2012. The 14 panel exhibit highlights the urgent need to address weight issues in Black communities from a community-centered, holistic perspective. This perspective takes into account the diversity of Black communities and the environments in which Black Americans live, work, eat, and play. The goals of the exhibit are to stimulate conversation and motivate meaningful action.

Achieving equity in obesity requires intentionality, focus, and a commitment to community engagement and participation. As we look at the state of obesity in Black communities since the inception of the Network in 2002 and what it will take to achieve healthy weight moving forward, we encourage researchers and community research partners working with Black communities to consider the following:

  • How will Black communities benefit from implementing your project or study? Could there be unintended adverse consequences?
  • How will your project or study promote meaningful and authentic community engagement?
  • What inequities will be reduced as a result of this project or study?

We regard these basic questions as important considerations when utilizing an equity lens to achieve the broader goal of achieving healthy weight in Black communities.

Key messages

Summarized in the following handouts:


Our exhibit was developed by a team of AACORN members on behalf of the Network: Dr. Kristie J. Lancaster, who served as Co-Curator, Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ms. Vikki Lassiter, and Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika. We express our gratitude to the other AACORN members and affiliates who provided ideas and reactions during the process, and to Ms. Daricia McBeth for her invaluable services as Curator. Development of this exhibit was supported by funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AACORN's major funder since 2005. The ideas in this exhibit do not necessarily reflect the opinions of AACORN's funders.