New Webinar: “Active and Engaged: Community Outreach Strategies for Health” (September 11, 2019)


Webinar Title: Active and Engaged: Community Outreach Strategies for Health

Webinar Date/Time: September 11, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

In January we explored the new HHS Physical Activity Guidelines and how communities are promoting physical activity. As a next step and in response to the positive feedback we received, America Walks will offer more information on programs and strategies communities are using to engage individuals to get moving. This webinar is intended for those who are familiar with topics and issues related to walking and walkability.

Attendees of this webinar will be able to:

  • Describe community outreach and promotion strategies used by agencies and organizations.
  • Give examples of programs and policies being implemented to encourage people to be active.
  • Discuss national, state, and community efforts and ways walking advocates should be engaging with topics related to this work.
About the Panel

Erica Oliver, MA, CDVP As a Community Health Partner, Erica convenes community members to promote the process of creating healthy change in the city of St. Louis. Funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative partners BJC HealthCare with the St. Louis Public School District and communities throughout the city to create opportunities for kids and families to eat healthy and be active.  Prior to her work as a Community Health Partner, Erica was a health educator with BJC School Outreach and Youth Development. Erica holds a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University and is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional.

Ken Rose is a Senior Advisor in CDC’s DNPAO’s Physical Activity and Health Branch and serves as an expert in strategies to promote active living environments through CDC programs. He helps coordinate Active People, Healthy Nation, Creating an Active America, Together and works with a wide range of national partners to help implement this initiative. He has also been a key contributor to CDC’s Transportation and Health Recommendations and the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to promote Walking and Walkable Communities and before joining DNPAO, served as the Associate Director of Policy for CDC’s environmental health programs.

Heather Schady is the Senior Transportation Planner at Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans). Ms. Schady has nearly ten years of experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning consulting and technical assistance. With a focus on transportation planning, policy development, and community engagement, she is passionate about creating sustainable communities using best practices in planning and forward-thinking policy development. Since joining Active Transportation Alliance, Heather has worked with dozens of municipalities and school districts, to develop non-motorized plans and corridor studies, Complete Streets policies, Complete Streets design guidance, and other initiatives aimed at facilitating the use of safe and active modes of transportation. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Sociology and German.

Janna Simon, MPH, is the Program Director, Center for Policy & Partnership Initiatives at the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI). Her work focuses primarily on policy, systems, and environmental changes for obesity prevention through coordination of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, enhanced physical education and implementation of the Illinois State Physical Activity and Nutrition program. Prior to joining IPHI, Janna was a Senior Policy Analyst and Schweitzer Program Associate at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group where she focused on improving the healthcare system for the city and state’s most vulnerable populations. Janna is an adjunct lecturer at the UIC School of Public Health. She graduated from the UIC School of Public Health in 2008 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2006.

Leanne White, M.Ed., Ed.S. As the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Project Director, Leanne presides over all aspects of the Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities grant within the St. Louis Public School District. She facilitates the process of creating healthy change in St. Louis Public Schools, specifically targeting the 11 school sites participating in the Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities grant. This unique initiative sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health allows for the St. Louis Public School District to partner with BJC School Youth and Outreach Development in a comprehensive approach to prevent childhood obesity among students in grades K-8 across the district. Prior to her current position as the HSHC Project Director, Leanne was the Project Director for the Carol M. White, Department of Education PEP grant – AIM for Fitness with St. Louis Public Schools. Leanne holds a Masters of Education in Administration from Missouri State University and an Education Specialist Degree in School Administration from Webster University. Leanne has co-authored articles and abstract presentations. Articles published in peer-reviewed journals – Preventing Chronic Disease Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy and PLOS/ONE.