|June 7–8, 2010
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, N.W., Room 201
Welcome and introduction
SESSION 1: FILLING THE GAPS
Presentation on early FITS data findings
Factors affecting growth
SESSION 2: PROGRAMS
SESSION 3: POLICY NEEDS
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF WORKSHOP SPEAKERS
RONETTE R. BRIEFEL, Dr.P.H., R.D., a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC, is the project director and principal investigator for the 2008 Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) and was the co-principal investigator for the 2002 FITS. Dr. Briefel’s research includes evaluations of nutrition programs, population-based studies of the diets and health status of children and high-risk populations, and investigations of the home and school food environments and children’s diet and obesity. She has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals on topics including infant feeding patterns, dietary intake, food security, obesity, and cardiovascular risk factors of children and disadvantaged populations. Dr. Briefel served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Dietary Risk Assessment in the WIC Program and Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States. She received her B.S. in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, and her M.P.H. in maternal and child health and Dr.P.H. in chronic disease epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Briefel is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the American Dietetic Association and is a registered dietitian.
JANE E. CLARK, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, her research focuses on the development of motor control and coordination in typically developing infants and children and those children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The National Science Foundation has funded her research on infant motor development, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues to support her work on children with DCD. She has co-edited 7 texts on motor development and authored 24 book chapters and more than 60 refereed journal publications. She has presented more than 200 scientific papers at national and international conferences and been invited to speak at universities in 10 countries. In addition to her scientific contributions, Dr. Clark has served as the elected leader of three national organizations in the field of kinesiology. She received her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin with a major emphasis on the motor skill development of infants and children, an area in which she has made her scientific contributions for more than 30 years.
DORIS C. FREDERICKS, M.Ed., R.D., is executive director of Choices for Children, an organization that provides a variety of family and provider services.
Ms. Fredericks is past president of the California Dietetics Association. She has experience in child care resources and referrals, parent and provider education, and child care and nutrition subsidies. In her current position, she oversees the Child Care Subsidy Program, which utilizes state and federal funds to provide financial assistance for child care services for families and referrals to potential child care centers and home providers who may meet family schedules and needs. Ms. Fredericks also works with the nutrition teams in all regions providing technical assistance for the Child Care Food Program operation, as well as nutrition education for child caregivers, children, and families. Ms. Fredericks received her M.Ed. in nutrition education from the University of Cincinnati and her B.A. in dietetics from Ohio Wesleyan University.
NANCY F. KREBS, M.D., M.S., is professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Denver (UCD), and is head of the Section of Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics. She has extensive research experience in trace mineral nutrition in breastfeeding infants and their mothers, including in international settings. Her current research is testing effects of different complementary feeding regimens to meet micronutrient requirements for breastfed infants. Through the NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Research, she leads an ongoing multicountry efficacy trial of complementary feeding and growth and development. As a secondary area of research interest, Dr. Krebs is a co-investigator in research related to childhood obesity, both prevention and treatment studies. Her clinical activities include directing two pediatric nutrition clinics—one for children with undernutrition and feeding problems and the other for overweight infants and children. She served as chair of the Committee on Nutrition for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for 4 years and as co-chair of the AAP Task Force on Obesity. From 2003 to 2007, she served as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board with the Institute of Medicine. After graduating from the UCD School of Medicine, she completed a pediatric internship and residency and a 3-year fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at UCD. She is board certified in general pediatrics, clinical nutrition, and pediatric gastroenterology.
EVERLUDIS LÓPEZ, R.D., manages the Nutrition Services Area for Fairfax County Early Head Start and Head Start programs. She has more than 30 years of experience working with children and pregnant women. Ms. López earned
her bachelor’s degree in home economics with a concentration in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Puerto Rico. Her area of expertise is working with children and pregnant women from low-income families. Other areas of expertise include speaking and writing fluently in Spanish, providing technical assistance to staff and families on ways to improve dietary and healthy eating habits, and providing training on nutrition issues. Ms. López spoke at the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review Adult and Child Care Feeding Programs workshop in February 2010.
JUDITH OWENS, M.D., is associate professor of pediatrics at the Brown Medical School. She is board certified in developmental/behavioral pediatrics and sleep medicine. Her particular research interests are in the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in children, pharmacologic treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, sleep health education, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting sleep. As a recipient of a 5-year NIH grant in sleep education, the Sleep Academic Award, she has developed educational materials for the Brown Medical School, as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Dr. Owens received the AASM 2006 Excellence in Education Award and recently completed a four-year term as chair of the AASM Section on Childhood Sleep Disorders and Development. She is director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Learning, Attention, and Behavior Program at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Owens received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown and a master’s degree in maternal and child health from the University of Minnesota. She completed pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and fellowships in behavioral pediatrics at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center and in child psychiatry at Brown University.
KESHIA M. POLLACK, Ph.D., M.P.H., is assistant professor and director of the Occupational Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Training Program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a member of the core faculty of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, the Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Center for Health Disparities Solutions. Her research interest is in preventing injuries related to occupation, obesity, sports/physical activity, and the built environment and understanding how such injuries disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. Dr. Pollack also is interested in the role of epidemiology in the policy making process, especially the use of research by legislators and the use of tools such as health impact assessment
in the policy making process. She works for Delegate Dan Morhaim, a member of the Maryland General Assembly. She also is an advisor to a community coalition of the Associated Black Charities seeking to alleviate the burden of childhood obesity in Baltimore. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty, Dr. Pollack completed a postdoctoral fellowship in evaluation sponsored jointly by the University of Pennsylvania Campbell Collaboration and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. There, she worked on research, evaluations, and programming for childhood obesity and health issues affecting vulnerable populations. Dr. Pollack received her B.A. from Tufts University, her M.P.H. from Yale University, and her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.
GABRIELLE SERRA, M.S., is a policy advisor for Chairman George Miller of the Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives. She joined the committee in June 2009. She is responsible primarily for advising on food and nutrition policy issues. Prior to her work on the committee, she had served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Services since 2003, working mainly in the area of policy and program development for the school meal programs. Ms. Serra also served on detail assignment in 2008 as policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services of USDA, which is the administering agency for the domestic nutrition assistance programs. Ms. Serra received an M.S. in food policy and applied nutrition, with an emphasis in food policy and economics, from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She received her B.S. in public health in 2003 from the College of Health and Human Sciences of Oregon State University. Ms. Serra is a 2003 recipient of the USDA Public Service Leaders Scholars Fellowship.
LAURIE TRUE, M.P.H., R.D., is executive director at the California WIC Association in Sacramento. Previously, she was research and policy director at California Food Policy Advocates in San Francisco. She is a public health nutritionist with many years of experience in research, community organizing, and legislative advocacy. Ms. True consults widely with federal, state, and local decision makers, academics, and community-based organizations on WIC, nutrition, and health policy. She was involved in the founding of many of California’s current health advocacy organizations and coalitions, including the California Food Policy Advocates, the California WIC Association, and the Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments. Ms. True has overseen numerous community-
based applied research and evaluation projects on federal nutrition policy, including a hunger survey of children in California’s Central Valley. She has advocated successfully on many bills and issues impacting the health and nutrition of the state’s most vulnerable populations. She serves on many statewide advisory boards and was a reviewer of the Institute of Medicine’s report WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change. In 2005, she was an Atlantic Public Policy Fellow and worked for the government of Scotland, advising on obesity prevention and child nutrition reforms. In 2008, she received the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award from the American Public Health Association. Ms. True received her B.S. in nutrition science from Barnard College and Simmons College (Boston) and her M.P.H. and registered dietitian credential from the University of California, Berkeley.
ELIZABETH A. VANDEWATER, Ph.D., is senior research scientist at RTI International. Between 1998 and 2007, she was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received tenure and served as associate director of the Population Research Center and as director of the Center for Research on Interactive Technology, Television and Children. Dr. Vandewater’s research focuses on children’s health behaviors and health outcomes. Her current research projects focus on two issues central to children’s health and well-being: (1) the development of pediatric obesity, and (2) the effect of media on very young children. Her research has been funded by NICHD, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Fisher-Price Corporation, and the Brainy Baby Corporation. She is a founding investigator of the Children’s Digital Media Center, a research collaborative funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on the impact of new technologies on children, now in its ninth year of funding. Dr. Vandewater currently serves on the board of PBS Kids Next Generation Media and the Social Sciences and Population Studies review panel at NIH. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in life course development at the Institute for Social Research.