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Stapleton parents invited to the Neighborhood Health Summit featuring US Surgeon General

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Leave a Comment

People living and working in five Denver neighborhoods (Northeast Park Hill, Greater Park Hill, East Montclair, Northwest Aurora, Stapleton and the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences campus) are invited to a free Neighborhood Health Summit to plan ways to prevent childhood obesity, and to talk about neighborhood engagement in national health priorities. 

The Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, at Johnson and Wales University, Jared Polis Auditorium, 7150 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO. 

Speakers include Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Surgeon General of the United States, who is known for advocating that solutions to health disparities lie in neighborhoods, and Lorez Meinhold, Colorado’s Director of Health Reform Implementation.  Dr. Benjamin was recently featured in the New York Times (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/the-surgeon-generals-weight-struggle) and in O Magazine (http://www.oprah.com/health/Interview-with-Surgeon-General-Regina-Benjamin-MD).

Participants in the Neighborhood Health Summit will learn the results of a study of children’s obesity in the neighborhoods conducted by 2040 Partners for Health, a nonprofit with the mission of improving health by using Community-Based Participatory Research in collaboration with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, neighborhoods, Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart, and the Stapleton Foundation. During 2008-9, the nonprofit surveyed 256 families with children between the ages of 10-14 to understand child obesity levels in the five neighborhoods. 

The Summit will explore issues related to health disparities in the neighborhoods, will discuss what health care reform means at the neighborhood level, and will involve neighbors in planning together for ways to keep their children healthy. 

A free networking lunch will be provided, but space is limited and reservations are required.  Reservations are available at summit@2040health.org, or 303-468-3241.