Clinton Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Hosting Forum to Address Inequities in Childhood Obesity

    • May 8, 2014

Princeton, N.J.—On May 8, 2014, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with Grantmakers in Health, will host a “Forum Without Walls” to confront tough questions and provide collaborative solutions to help reduce childhood obesity across all populations and communities in the United States.

The forum will bring together more than 250 thought leaders from business, philanthropy, health, education, and nonprofits to focus on solutions to the challenges that prevent kids from having access to healthier foods, physical activity, and health care.

While high rates of childhood obesity are starting to decline in parts of the country, troubling disparities persist, especially in low-income and minority communities. The forum will be held at the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J., and will feature four panel discussions throughout the day.

  • Closing the Divide in Children’s Health: A Place for Everyone at the Table
  • Access to Healthy Foods
  • Access to Physical Activity
  • What’s Next?

Refer to the full agenda below for details on moderators and panelists.

The webcast of the event is available at

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.


  • Brian Strom, MD, MPH, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Moderator: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

  • Monifa Bandele, campaign director,
  • Leslie Crutchfield , senior adviser, FSG; author
  • Manoj Fenelon, First Mover Fellow, Aspen Institute
  • Sam Kass, executive director,  Let’s Move!
  • Nichole June Maher, president and CEO, Northwest Health Foundation

10:30 a.m. to Noon


Framing Speaker: Haile Thomas, Youth Health Advocate

Moderator: Joy Bauer, nutrition expert, NBC’s TODAY Show

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D. executive director, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Kevin McCartney, senior vice president, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Susan Neely, president and CEO, American Beverage Association

Wendell Pierce, actor; president, Sterling Farms

Janisse Rosario-Schoepp, PhD, senior program officer and director of Policy, Health Foundation of South Florida

William Rosenzweig, commission chair, Vitality Institute; Managing Partner, Physic Ventures

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.


Framing Speaker: Kiana Knolland, National Youth of the Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Moderator: Jenna Wolfe, TODAY Show anchor and correspondent, NBC News

  • T. Morgan Dixon, director, GirlTrek
  • NiCole Keith, PhD, research scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research
  • Caitlin Morris, North America executive director, Access to Sport, Nike Inc.
  • Darius Sollohub, director, New Jersey School of Architecture
  • Eli Wolff, program director, Inclusive Sports Initiative, Institute for Human Centered Design

3:15 to 4:45 p.m.


Framing Speaker: Andrew Smith, Student Athlete, Irvington High School

Moderator: Richard Carmona, MD, 17th Surgeon General of the United States

  • Travis Bogard, vice president, product management and strategy, Jawbone
  • Susan Dentzer, senior health policy adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Faith Mitchell, PhD, president and CEO, Grantmakers In Health
  • Eduardo Sanchez, MD, deputy chief medical officer, American Heart Association
  • Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and chair, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • David R. Williams, MPH, PhD, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health

4:45 to 5:00 p.m.


About the Clinton Foundation

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.

Because of our work, 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 farmers in Malawi have improved their incomes by more than 500 percent; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; 8.2 million people have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $200 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 75 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world.

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About Grantmakers in Health

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. For more information, visit

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-5937