On June 30, members of the George Washington University faculty from the School of Public Health and School of Medicine and Health Sciences collaborated to provide testimony before the Committee on Health and the Committee on Business and Economic Development Council of the District of Columbia B23-0777, “New Hospital at St. Elizabeths Act of 2020.” Dr. Bill Dietz, Redstone Global Center Chair at GWSPH, and Dr. Janet Phoenix, Assistant Research Professor at GWSPH, were joined by Dr.
GWU Faculty Testify Before DC City Council on New Hospital
Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows Call for a New Social Contract
Created in 2012, the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship program brings together leaders from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to advance bold ideas that can move the needle on health and well-being and offer concrete economic and social mobility pathways for children and their families. Today, the third cohort of fellows is made up of visionary leaders breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty for America’s children and families.
Redstone Center Testifies on DC Budget Proposals
In testimony submitted today, Dr. Bill Dietz, Chair of the Redstone Global Center and Commissioner on the District’s Healthy Youth and Schools Commission, urged the city council to continue essential investments that prioritize health equity and focus on preventing and ameliorating diet-related chronic diseases. One of the charges of the Redstone Global Center is to help make the District the healthiest capital city in the world. Diet-related chronic disease is a public health crisis in the District that disproportionately impacts communities of color.
Statement from the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness
Racism, oppression and white supremacy have no place in our vision for the future of our country and we stand with those fighting against it. State-sanctioned violence against black and brown people has been a fact in this country since its founding. It must end now and those who perpetuate it must be held to account.
STOP Obesity Alliance Research Among Top Downloaded Papers
Recent research from the STOP Obesity Alliance published in Obesity is among the top 10% most downloaded papers from the journal. The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, a part of the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, is made up of a diverse group of business, consumer, government, advocacy, and health organizations dedicated to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States.
Obesity May Impact Mortality in COVID-19 Patients
Obesity may be a risk factor in deaths caused by COVID-19, concludes a new analysis published in the journal Obesity by GW Milken Institute School of Public Health experts.
Carlos Santos-Burgoa, MD, MPH, PhD, a professor of global health; and William Dietz, MD, PhD, chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, looked at previous research on the H1N1 influenza pandemic as well as reports coming in from Italy and China and concluded that obesity is likely a pre-existing disease that can make COVID-19 worse.
Pair of ACEs Tree Passes 30K Downloads
Five years ago, the Building Community Resilience initiative (part of the Redstone Global Center at the Milken Institute School of Public Health) was started to help address one of the most sweeping public health challenges of our times: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs are recognized in clinical, educational and social service settings as having negative outcomes and impacting a person’s wellbeing and health throughout their life.
Redstone Center Comments on Proposed USDA School Meal Nutrition Standards
On March 24, 2020, the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service in response to the proposal: "Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National Lunch and School Breakfast Program." The Center strongly opposes the proposed rule because it would result in students being served less nutritious, higher calorie foods, and likely cause increases in childhood obesity and other poor health outcomes.
New Consensus Statement on Weight Bias
This month, in conjunction with Obesity Care Week in the U.S. and World Obesity Day, the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness joined leading experts, clinicians and advocates from across the world in a new consensus statement for eliminating weight bias and stigma of obesity.
New: Fostering Equity Tool
On February 26, the Building Community Resilience Collaborative and Network, a project of the Redstone Global Center, released their latest resource for the field – a new Fostering Equity tool kit and guide. Over the last five years, networks of BCR partners across the country have been working together to build community resilience by addressing and mitigating the Pair of ACEs. This guide is an outgrowth of the experiences of these communities as our work together has emphasized the importance of centering equity at the heart of what it means to be resilient.