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Ask the Experts: Prevention Research Centers - Preventing Childhood Obesity


Childhood obesity affects approximately 12.7 million children and adolescents in the United States. Multi-component local, state, and national initiatives that address both communities and educational systems can have a significant impact on reducing childhood obesity. Expert panelists will address policies, evidence-based programs, and key partnerships for successful childhood obesity prevention initiatives.
When you register, submit up to two questions that will be addressed by the speakers during the panel. The session will offer an engaging discussion about the intersections of community-based research, policy development, and public health practice.
This virtual event is the first of a three-part series highlighting CDC’s Prevention Research Centers. Join us for upcoming Ask the Experts events highlighting mental health and rural health.  

  • Lesley Cottrel, PhD
    Co-Principal Investigator, West Virginia Prevention Research Center
    Professor & Vice Chair of Pediatric Research, West Virginia University
    Director, West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
  • Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP
    Commissioner & State Health Officer, Bureau for Public Health,
    West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  • David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM
    Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center
    Founder, True Health Initiative
  • Sarah Sliwa, PhD
    Health Scientist, CDC Healthy Schools, Division of Population Health


  • Facilitate discussion between public health professionals and childhood obesity experts.
  • Identify strategies for translating public health research to practice.
  • Understand how to implement multi-component interventions that address physical activity, nutrition, and educational attainment.
  • Learn how state health departments can partner with PRCs, along with other education, community and non-traditional partners to implement childhood obesity prevention programs. 
Earlier Event: March 1
HPRCD Tobacco Research Think Tank
Later Event: March 15
HPRCD Obesity Research Think Tank