Obesity has serious physical and mental health implications and is a major public health concern. There are multiple and complex contributors to obesity, including psychological, behavioral, social, cultural, systemic, community, health system and public policy determinants. Given these complexities, there is no “one-size-fits all” and innovative solutions are needed. Individual and community needs through a cultural lens are essential factors to be taken in account when designing and implementing obesity prevention strategies, services, and supports. This seminar will examine factors leading to obesity-related health disparities and apply theories for obesity prevention from intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community levels. The seminar will also discuss lessons learned in achieving equity in public health and clinical settings through innovative strategies and solutions.
3 Continuing Education Credits are available
**Meets the Public Health Requirement for DC Licensure**
Participants will be able to:
1) Identify and describe the interactions of biological, psychological, and social factors linked with obesity.
2) Review literature on obesity in the United States.
3) Apply different levels of theories to obesity prevention.
4) Learn and implement strategies to prevent obesity.
Presenter : Dr. Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD
Dr. Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD, is a public health consultant, strategist and senior clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience leading multi-million programs within governmental agencies, organizations and foundations to address social issues in underrepresented communities. With a focus on cross-collaboration with public and private partners, Nisha develops the capacity of organizations and agencies to design and implement high-impact, system-level policies and interventions locally, nationally and globally to reduce the social and health disparities experienced by children, youth and families. Nisha’s work includes serving as the Senior Director of Evaluation at the Bainum Family Foundation. In this role, Nisha built the foundation’s evaluation infrastructure to assess the foundation’s impact on early learning, school mental health, and food security initiatives. She also developed, launched, and staffed a $5 million School Mental Health initiative in partnership with district, national and federal agencies and schools that leveraged local and federal dollars to scaled research, practice and policy efforts expanding access to quality school mental health services and supports. Previously, her work included building and overseeing the evaluation for Washington, DC citywide and organizational initiatives. She was also instrumental in assisting the organization and the city in collecting indicators and making data-driven strategic decisions to increase the outcomes for children, youth, and families in the District using a collective impact approach.
Nisha’s systems level work is complemented with her local non-profit experiences. Nisha served as Executive Director at Coaching for College and Founder of Breaking the Cycle, where she was responsible for creating and implementing annual strategic plans, managing program operations, and developing program evaluation systems to ensure quality and effective programming was being provided to youth from some of the most vulnerable areas in the city. Globally, Nisha has consulted with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago where she was responsible for developing an adolescent health policy and evaluating a regional program promoting anti-violence. Nisha also specializes in working directly with youth in a variety of settings including foster care, court systems, schools, social service organizations, and community-based organizations. She began her career working as a special education teacher. Nisha continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and Trinity University.
Nisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health in Global Health Promotion, a Master of Psychology, and a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior, and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University.
Connect with Dr. Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD at:
Your Health Concierge (YHC)
Facebook: Your Health Concierge, Inc.
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