Pathways to Prevention Workshop

Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity

December 5–6, 2017 in Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland

Day 1: December 5, 2017
8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Eastern time

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Please note: This information was correct at the time of the workshop.

Introductory Session

  • 8:15 a.m.

    Opening Remarks

    Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.B.A., MACP
    Director
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Institutes of Health
  • 8:25 a.m.

    Issues in Prevention Research Methods and Charge to the Panel

    David M. Murray, Ph.D.
    Associate Director of Disease Prevention
    Director
    Office of Disease Prevention
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health
  • 8:40 a.m.

    Panel Activities

    Karen M. Emmons, Ph.D.
    Workshop and Panel Chair
    Dean for Academic Affairs
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • 8:50 a.m.

    An Overview of Natural Experiment Evaluation at NIH

    S. Sonia Arteaga, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch
    Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    National Institutes of Health


    David Berrigan, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.
    Program Director
    Behavioral Research Program
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institutes of Health


    Christine Hunter, Ph.D., M.A., ABPP (presenter)
    Deputy Director
    Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
    National Institutes of Health

Key Question 4:

Which experimental and non-experimental methods have been used in studies of how programs, policies, or built environment changes affect or are associated with obesity prevention and control outcomes?

Key Question 5:

What are the risks of bias in studies of how programs, policies, or built environment changes affect or are associated with obesity prevention and control outcomes?

  • 9:05 a.m.

    Evidence-based Practice Center Presentation – Key Questions 4 and 5

    Emily A. Knapp, M.H.S.
    Doctoral Candidate
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center


    Wendy L. Bennett, M.D., M.P.H.
    Associate Professor
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
  • 9:25 a.m.

    The Use of Quasi-Experimental Designs in Evaluating Natural Experiments

    Thomas D. Cook, Ph.D.
    Joan and Serepta Harrison Emeritus Professor of Ethics and Justice
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Psychology, Education, and Social Policy
    Northwestern University
    Research Professor
    George Washington Institute of Public Policy
    Trachtenberg School of Public Policy
    The George Washington University
  • 9:45 a.m.

    When Is Correlation Causation?

    Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor of Medicine
    Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
    Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 10:05 a.m.

    Break

  • 10:15 a.m.

    Natural Experiments and Obesity: Balancing Rigor With Practical Realities

    Tamara Dubowitz, Sc.D., M.Sc. S.M.
    Faculty
    Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Senior Policy Researcher
    RAND Corporation
  • 10:35 a.m.

    Discussion

  • 11:10 a.m.

Key Question 3:

What obesity measures, dietary and physical behaviors, and other outcomes have been assessed in studies of how programs, policies, or built environment changes affect or are associated with obesity prevention and control?

  • 12:30 p.m.

    Evidence-based Practice Center Presentation – Key Question 3

    Eva Tseng, M.D., M.P.H.
    Assistant Professor
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
  • 12:50 p.m.

    Measures of Exposure to Policy and Environment

    Jamie F. Chriqui, Ph.D., M.H.S.
    Professor and Director–M.P.H. Program
    Division of Health Policy and Administration
    Co-Director, Health Policy Center and Fellow
    Institute for Health Research and Policy
    University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health


    Measures of Co-Benefits: Considerations Based on Research Question and Population

    James F. Sallis, Ph.D.
    Professorial Fellow
    Institute for Health and Ageing
    Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus
    Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
    University of California, San Diego
  • 1:20 p.m.

    Assessing Community Programs, Policies, and Practices Related to Obesity Prevention

    Lorrene Ritchie, Ph.D., R.D.
    Director
    Nutrition Policy Institute
    Cooperative Extension Specialist
    Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    University of California, Berkeley
  • 1:40 p.m.

    Collecting Diet, Activity, and Obesity Measures in Communities: Lessons Learned

    Christina D. Economos, Ph.D.
    Professor
    New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition
    Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
    Tufts University Medical School
  • 2:00 p.m.

    Discussion

  • 2:45 p.m.

    Break

Key Question 1:

What population-based data sources have been used in studies of how programs, policies, or built environment changes affect or are associated with obesity prevention and control outcomes?

  • 2:55 p.m.

    Evidence-based Practice Center Presentation – Key Question 1

    Hadi Kharrazi, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.I.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Health Policy Management
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
  • 3:15 p.m.

    Challenges and Opportunities in Using and Sharing Existing Data Resources

    Christopher L. Fulcher, Ph.D.
    Director
    Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems
    University of Missouri
  • 3:35 p.m.

    Integration of Spatial and Other Data via the Private Sector, Crowd-Sourcing, and Open-Data Initiatives

    Andrew Turner, M.S.
    Director and Chief Technology Officer
    Research and Development Center, DC
    Environmental Systems Research Institute
  • 3:55 p.m.

    Opportunities To Fill the Data Gaps

    Shari L. Barkin, M.D., M.S.H.S.
    William K. Warren Foundation Endowed Chair
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Division Chief of General Pediatrics
    Director of Pediatric Obesity Research
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • 4:15 p.m.

    Using Electronic Health Record Tools To Collect, Summarize, and Take Action on Patients' Social Determinants of Health Data, in the Context of Diabetes Care: Lessons and Challenges

    Rachel Gold, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Lead Research Scientist
    OCHIN, Inc.
    Investigator
    Center for Health Research
    Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research
  • 4:35 p.m.

    Discussion

  • 5:15 p.m.

    Adjourn

Attendees will be responsible for meals and/or light refreshments on their own, at their own cost. The government and/or government contractors are not involved in facilitating the provision of food and/or light refreshments.


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