Pathways to Prevention Workshop

Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity

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

Day 2: December 6, 2017
8:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Eastern time

« See Day 1: December 5, 2017

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

Introductory Overview

  • 8:15 a.m.

    Workshop Overview

    Karen M. Emmons, Ph.D.
    Workshop and Panel Chair
    Dean for Academic Affairs
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Key Question 2:

What methods have been used to link different population-based data sources?

  • 8:30 a.m.

    Evidence-based Practice Center Presentation – Key Question 2

    Wendy L. Bennett, M.D., M.P.H.
    Associate Professor
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
  • 8:50 a.m.

    Linking Health System, Environmental, and Contextual Data for Evaluation of Natural Experiments: Lessons Learned

    Stephen P. Fortmann, M.D.
    Emeritus Faculty
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Affiliate Professor
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Senior Investigator
    Assistant Program Director
    Medical Director
    Kaiser Permanente Northwest
  • 9:05 a.m.

    Linking Economic and Behavioral Data for Evaluation of Policy and Retail Environments

    Lisa M. Powell, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor and Director
    Division of Health Policy and Administration
    University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • 9:20 a.m.

    Linking Environmental and Health Data: National and International Examples and Challenges

    Michael Jerrett, Ph.D., M.A.
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Environmental Health Sciences
    Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
    Fielding School of Public Health
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • 9:35 a.m.


  • 10:05 a.m.


Key Question 6:

What methodological/analytic advances (e.g., data system features, approaches to linking data sources, or analytic methods) would help to strengthen efforts to estimate the effect of programs, policies, or built environment changes on obesity prevention and control?

  • 10:15 a.m.

    Evidence-based Practice Center Presentation – Key Question 6

    Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., FACP, FTOS
    Director of Clinical Research
    Associate Professor
    Departments of Health, Behavior and Society, and International Health
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
  • 10:35 a.m.

    Complex Systems Modeling and Simulation: Examining Natural Experiment Processes and Understanding the Effects of Complex Interventions

    Ross A. Hammond, Ph.D.
    Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
    Center on Social Dynamics and Policy
    Economic Studies Department
    The Brookings Institution
  • 10:55 a.m.

    Novel Strategies for Estimating Effects of Natural Experiments

    Sanjay Basu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Stanford University
  • 11:15 a.m.


  • 12:00 Noon


Translating Research to Policy and Practice

  • 12:10 p.m.

    Effectiveness, Costs, and Cost-Effectiveness: Improving Translation of Research to Policy and Practice

    Steven L. Gortmaker, Ph.D.
    Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology
    Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • 12:25 p.m.

    Panel Discussion on Perspectives From the Field—Evidence Needs for Policymakers and Implementers

    Rachel Ballard, M.D., M.P.H. (Moderator)
    Director of Prevention Research Coordination
    Office of Disease Prevention
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health

    Robin McKinnon, Ph.D., M.P.A.
    Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy
    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Adetokunbo "Toks" Omishakin, M.U.R.P.
    Deputy Commissioner/Chief
    Environment and Planning Division
    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    Glenn E. Schneider, M.P.H.
    Chief Program Officer
    The Horizon Foundation of Howard County, Inc.
  • 1:10 p.m.

    NIH Leadership Wrap-Up

    Gary H. Gibbons, M.D.
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    National Institutes of Health
  • 1:20 p.m.


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.

« See Day 1: December 5, 2017

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