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8 The Roles of Foundations
Pages 61-66

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From page 61...
... Foundations have supported efforts in preventing and treating obesity. In the final panel of the workshop, four foundation representatives -- Marion Standish, vice president for enterprise programs at The California Endowment; Monica Hobbs Vinluan, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Barbara Picower, president of The JPB Foundation; and David Fukuzawa of The Kresge Foundation (who also spoke about treatment challenges; see Chapter 6)
From page 62...
... A much larger narrative around this work would, of necessity, encompass prevention, health, the food system, and other basic societal systems that underlie the work of diverse advocates. "If we began to see ourselves more as a social movement than as a set of diverse activities, research projects, and interventions," she said, "we would be ever more powerful." Standish argued that this larger social movement could organize itself around obesity, food, physical activity, the built environment, conservation, animal rights, or other issues, but that the most powerful force within all those movements is health.
From page 63...
... The work will be connected to efforts to identify tools and strategies that can help communities and families address the trauma and toxic stress that are present in many communities across the United States. "That's where we're going," Vinluan said, "and I invite you all to join us in this journey." ATTACKING POVERTY According to Picower, The JPB Foundation considers poverty to be the biggest problem in the United States.
From page 64...
... "If we can get young people to grow up at normal weight," she suggested, "then they will have a chance of crossing that street and having a more successful life." One program the foundation has been funding is the Harlem Children's Zone, which includes a project known as Healthy Harlem. Picower explained that the program's components include nutrition, cooking, physical activity, and sports, with opportunities for parents to become involved as well.
From page 65...
... In this way, he argued, they can help induce other funders, both public and private, to invest in socially beneficial community programs, such as the new accountable communities for health. REASONS FOR HOPE At the end of his summary of the workshop's themes (see Chapter 1)

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