Statement by the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and the Center for Community Resilience:
In the upcoming issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Redstone Global Center director Bill Dietz joins Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika for a submission to the journal’s series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Academy of Medicine. The Dietz and Kumanyika piece focuses on progress and opportunities for addressing the obesity pandemic.
This month, the STOP Obesity Alliance, along with representatives from health care provider organizations and obesity experts, released a new guide for obesity management in the primary care setting. Weight Can’t Wait: A Guide for the Management of Obesity in the Primary Care Setting,” is a short, accessible, practical, informative guide for obesity treatment broken down into three parts: the Pre-encounter, the Encounter, and the Post-encounter.
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.