Recorded On: 04/06/2020

April 6, 2020 - 3:00pm ET


Moderator: Amos O Aduroja, PhD, MSPH

Communities, Collaborations and Commitment: A Physical Activity and Nutrition After School Program For Children
E’tienne Easley, MSAKara Hamilton, PhD and Melissa Powell, MEd, RD

Role of Health Education in Changing Mindset Among Food Pantry Staff from Simply Feeding People to Being a Resource of Healthy Food Options: Combating Chronic Diseases in the Low- Income Population
Akinwale Akingbule, MPH and Dominique Cobbs, MPH, CHES®

Learning Objectives: 

1) Identify five ways to develop and maintain community and school partnerships. 

2) Indicate the facilitators and barriers to engaging in community-based participatory research. 

3) Apply skills learned to professionally develop food pantry staff and volunteers as champions of food access in the community. 

4) Evaluate the impact of engaging food pantry managers and volunteers in health education towards building a healthy community

E’tienne Easley, MSA

Kara Hamilton, PhD

Melissa Powell, MEd, RD

Dr. Melissa Powell is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Department of Health and Human Performance. She teaches human nutrition, life cycle nutrition and community nutrition to undergraduate dietetic and exercise science students. Her community-based research interests include hands-on nutrition education (HONE), teaching kitchens, and dietetics education. 

Akinwale Akingbule, MPH

Extension Educator, University of Illinois

Akinwale Akingbule was born in Nigeria, West Africa where he trained as a Medical Doctor. In 2010, he obtained his Degree in Medicine (M.B.Ch.B) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. After 4 years of working as a physician in a primary care setting, he proceeded for his Masters in Health Science with focus on community health at Western Illinois University U.S.A. Akinwale was a Research Assistant with Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs where he assisted with the community Needs Assessment conducted in Pike County Illinois. He joined University of Illinois Extension March 20, 2017 and till date works as Extension Educator, Family consumer Science. He is Ches certified. He works with schools, food pantries and community groups on nutrition and wellness policy. He is passionate about healthy living and prevention of diseases through eating of fresh produce and use of healthy recipes.

Dominique Cobbs, MPH, CHES®

Dominique Cobbs is an Extension Educator in the SNAP-Ed program at the University of Illinois Extension. It is Dominique’s role as a SNAP-Ed Educator to provide nutrition policy, system, and environmental intervention support to local agencies and organizations, with ultimate goal of decreasing obesity by making the healthy choice the easy choice. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Illinois State University in 2013 and her Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice from Florida A & M University in 2016. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 2016, Dominique was a Community Health Educator at a local health department in the areas of Tobacco Control & Prevention, the Affordable Care Act In-Person Counselor Program, and Chronic Disease & School Health. She is CHES-certified and her professional affiliations include SOPHE and APHA memberships.  


Amos Aduroja

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