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Cheryl Moder

Cheryl Moder
Vice President, Collective Impact
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
858.609.7961
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Cheryl Moder is Vice President of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a public/private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. Working with Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), Ms. Moder is responsible for mobilizing partnerships among multiple domains and coordinating countywide efforts to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Prior to her work with the Initiative, Ms. Moder served as a consultant to many health and human service organizations in the field of health promotion, communications, grant writing and research as vice president of Moder Research & Communications, Inc. She also worked for Sharp HealthCare providing leadership in tobacco control and prevention.

 

JuliAnna Arnett

JuliAnna Arnett
Director, Operations and Food Systems
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
858.609.7962
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JuliAnna Arnett is the Director, Operations and Food Systems, for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (Initiative), a program facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners. In her position, she has provided oversight to the Healthy WorksSM School and Community Gardens Program in the promotion of resident-friendly garden policies in San Diego County cities and school districts and the establishment of five regional garden education and training centers.  In her tenure with the Initiative, Ms. Arnett has served on a number of state and local committees related to gardens, farm to school, farmers' markets, food stamps, and hunger. She is a founding member of the San Diego Food System Work Group and Nutrition in Healthcare Food Service Committee. Ms. Arnett also helps facilitate the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce. Prior to working with the Initiative, she served two years as an AmeriCorps Volunteer (i.e., domestic Peace Corps) advancing community, city, and state initiatives to eliminate poverty and improve health.

 

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Melanie Briones, MPH, MBA
Sr. Project Manager
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
858.609.7976 
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Melanie Briones is the Sr. Project Manager for the Community Health Improvement Partners HEAL Zone project in Lemon Grove with the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative.  She has several years of public health community research, program evaluation, health policy research and analysis, and strategic planning experience.  Prior to her position at CHIP, Ms. Briones worked as the Sr. Health Policy Analyst for the Central Valley Health Policy Institute where she facilitated a regional collaborative effort between the eight San Joaquin Valley county Public Health Departments.  Prior to this, she provided data analysis and program evaluation expertise for the Stanislaus County Public Health Department, USCF-Fresno Latino Center for Medical Research, and California Public Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.  Ms. Briones earned her BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPH from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, and an MBA from St. Mary's College, Moraga.

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  • In 2006 alone, overweight; obesity; and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion in healthcare and productivity loss
  • One in four children in San Diego County is overweight or obese; this is slightly higher than the national average (California Center for Public Health Advocacy, 2009)
  • More children are being diagnosed with diseases linked to overweight and obesity previously seen only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease (The Obesity Society, 2009).

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