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.
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.
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.
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 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.