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Healthy Communities: The Intersection of Community Development and Health

September 28, 2011 Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch

Amid the reforms of the American health care system, a movement to improve health on the community level has been gaining traction. This movement promotes not only access to health care but access to healthier environments and nutritious food.

On Sept. 28, 2011, leaders from the community development and health sectors joined us to:

  • Learn about social influences on health,
  • Hear how the community development and health sectors are collaborating,
  • Network with leaders in community development and health, and
  • Brainstorm new ways to leverage each other's resources and partner to achieve common goals.

8:30 a.m.

Daron D. Peschel
Vice President in Charge
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch

Alfreda B. Norman
Vice President and Community Affairs Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

8:45 a.m.

Why We’re Here: The Intersection of Community Development and Health
David Williams
Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University

9:15 a.m.

What Is Health? What Is Community Development?: Defining Terminology
James Marks
Senior Vice President and Director, Health Group
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  Nancy Andrews
President and CEO
Low Income Investment Fund

9:30 a.m.

Health and Health Care (panel)

  Moderator: David Williams

The State of Health in Texas and Obesity
David Lakey
Texas Department of State Health Services


Health and Health Care in Texas
Richard Wainerdi
President and CEO
Texas Medical Center


Bridging Health Research, Policy and Practice
James Marks

10:55 a.m. Community and Economic Development (panel)
  Moderator: Nancy Andrews

Microfinance and Microenterprise Development
Janie Barrera
President and CEO
ACCION Texas–Louisiana


Asset Building and Affordable Housing
Stephan Fairfield
President and CEO
Covenant Community Capital Corp.

11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.

The Intersection of Community Development and Health: A County-Level Initiative
Dennis Worsham
Regional Health Officer
Seattle and King County, Washington

12:45 p.m.

Health Impact Assessments: Incorporating Health into Community Development
Kara Vonasek
Project Manager, Health Impact Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

1:10 p.m.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: A Community-Based Approach to Improving Public Health (panel)


Active Living By Design: Engaging Community to Improve Health
Moderator: Risa Wilkerson

Project Officer, Active Living by Design
University of North Carolina


“Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: Supporting Community Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity” El Chamizal- El Paso, Texas
Maria Teresa Cerqueira

Chief, U.S.–Mexico Border Office
Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization


Healthy Communities in Westside San Antonio
David Clear

Coordinator; Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

  CAN DO Houston—Children And Neighbors Defeat Obesity: Addressing Childhood Obesity One Neighborhood at a Time
Beverly Gor

CAN DO Houston

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: Grant County, New Mexico
Andrea Sauer

Coordinator; Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
Grant County Community Health Council, New Mexico

2:20 p.m.

Improving Community Health (panel)


Moderator: Elaine Arkin
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Childhood Obesity in Texas: A ‘Massive’ Public Health Issue (and what we can do to help)
Shreela Sharma

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Assistant Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston


Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center
Donna Rice

President, Southern Sector Health Initiative
Baylor Health Care System


Community Health Centers: The Foundation of Community Economic Health
Terry Glasscock

Senior Project Consultant
Capital Link


Accountable Health Organizations: Harnessing the Potential of Healthy Communities
Eduardo Sanchez

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

3:40 p.m. Next Steps and Closing Remarks

Elizabeth Sobel Blum
Community Development Research Associate
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

4:10 p.m. Networking Reception
5:15 p.m. Adjourn