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Public Event

First 1,000 Days Forum


November 4, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM



Please join us for a discussion about the First 1,000 Days program, a novel intervention that works across early-life systems to prevent obesity, promote healthy routines and behaviors, and reduce health disparities among young children and their families. As rates of childhood obesity reach historically high levels, results from First 1,000 Days study – recently published in Pediatrics – provide a path forward for a scalable model of obesity prevention for families. The program is working to create sustainable systems-level changes to manage obesity and start life healthy.

Dr. Elsie Taveras, the lead researcher, will present the study’s research findings, the factors that led to the study's successful outcomes; and what can be done to disseminate these practices more broadly. Dr. Taveras is the Chief Community Health Equity Officer at Mass General Brigham, Executive Director of the Kraft Center for Community Health Improvement, and Conrad Taff Professor at Harvard Medical School.

M. Lee Pelton, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

Research Presentation
Dr. Elsie Taveras, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham;
Executive Director, Kraft Center for Community Health Improvement;
Conrad Taff Professor, Harvard Medical School

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, Founding Director, Vital Village Networks
Maria Yolanda Parra, Family and Early Childhood Programs Manager,
Center for Community Health Improvements, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
Elizabeth Pauley, Associate Vice President, Education to Career, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Sarita Rogers, Deputy Director of Programs, The Children's Trust
Dr. Elsie Taveras, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham

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