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What Have PRCHN Faculty and Staff Been up To?
Media Mentions
Affiliated faculty Martha Sajatovic, MD, was quoted in a recent Medscape article around the FDA’s inclusion of study data in product labeling for the schizophrenia treatment drug palliperidone palmitate.  Dr. Sajatovic was one of the primary investigators of the PRIDE trial, which helped provide a better understanding of the effectiveness of antipsychotic treatments when used outside the controlled settings of a typical clinical trial. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/890882

Presentations
On January 25, Center Director Elaine Borawski, PhD, presented the initial results of the Ideas Moving Parents & Adolescents to Change Together (IMPACT) study to the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) Wellness Coalition. Dr. Borawski emphasized the collaboration between CMSD and the PRCHN/IMPACT, which made for successful recruitment and retention of middle school-aged students and their families. 
 
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Lee, E., Smathers, C., Bebo, P., Dalton, J., & Freedman, D. A. (2017, December). Gaining consensus on factors influencing farm to school implementation. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. Arlington, VA.

What was this presentation about?
Farm to school (F2S) interventions are recommended strategies for obesity prevention among school-aged children. Given variability in readiness and capacity within communities and among practitioners, an assessment tool of community readiness and practitioner capacity is a potentially useful means for optimizing F2S intervention implementation. The primary goal of this presentation is to describe the process of developing the assessment tool of community readiness and capacity for F2S implementation using consensus modeling methods.
 
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On January 19th, 2018, the PRCHN’s Darcy Freedman, PhD; Rachael Sommer, MSSA, LISW; and Stephanie Pike Moore, MPH, PhD candidate, provided an update on the outcomes and status of the FreshLink and Oh-Fine project for local farmers' markets at the OSU-Extension Cuyahoga County End of Season Meeting. They were able to share with market managers the impact both projects had on increasing the awareness of the markets around greater Cleveland as well as the effect on the number of SNAP users purchasing fruits and vegetables and using the Produce Perks benefit at local markets and grocers.
 
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Stephanie Pike Moore, PhD candidate, presented "Development of a new measure for quantifying the food environment" at the CWRU Population & Quantitative Health Sciences Departmental Seminar on February 5. 

What was this presentation about?
The food environment is associated with multiple nutrition-related health outcomes and chronic conditions. These outcomes disproportionately affect populations residing in low-incomed neighborhoods. Current measures of the food environment focus predominantly on point-based locations and store typologies. Disparities in food access are explained by environments that lack a supermarket (e.g., ‘food desert’) or those that have a high proportion of convenience stores (e.g., ‘food swamp’). When operationalized, these measures have not yet yielded a desired change in dietary or consumer behavior. This research seeks to improve upon these measures to better understand the link between health behaviors and the built environment. Preliminary results indicate that, when typology is removed, there is no relationship between
food availability and sociodemographic characteristics. 
 
Other Honors
NOCA member Lena Grafton and member emeritus Stanley Miller are both members of the Institute for Computational Biology's inaugural Community Advisory Board. Ms. Grafton is a research consultant with Cleveland State University as is well connected with multiple community-based research projects. Mr. Miller is the pastor of the Historic Rust United Methodist Church in Oberlin, OH, and also a Principal at the SRM Group, Inc. (a consulting organization).  
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