To fulfill our mission, the Redstone Global Center is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. In 2020, the center developed an action agenda as a starting point to guide our work. Racism and white supremacy and the trauma they induce are public health issues. We cannot ensure the health and wellbeing of all until white supremacy and the racist structures that support it are dismantled, and equity is achieved for all people and across all sectors, including health, criminal justice, economic opportunity, and education.
Redstone Global Center Anti-Racist Action Agenda
Statement of Redstone Center Director William Dietz on the Death of Sumner M. Redstone
Our condolences go out today to the family and friends of the entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist Sumner M. Redstone, who died at age 97. Our work at the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, based at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health, would not be possible without the generous gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation.
Dr. Dietz joins World Obesity Live Event hosted by the World Obesity Federation and Global Alliance for the Future of Food
On July 10th, 2020, Redstone Global Center Director Dr. Bill Dietz participated in a World Obesity Live event co-hosted by the World Obesity Federation and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. The discussion centered on obesity, COVID-19 and food systems: collective action for a healthy recovery.
Dr. Dietz and Danielle Nierenberg from Food Tank discuss obesity, COVID-19, and the food system
GWU Faculty Testify Before DC City Council on New Hospital
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.
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.