Plenary: Promoting the Health of Children & Families

March 20, 2020 - 11:15am - 12:45pm ET

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Moderator: Deborah A. Fortune, PhD, MCHES®  

Promoting the Health of Children & Families
Speaker: Jennifer Ng’andu, MPH

Incoming President's Remarks and Conference Recap
Speaker: Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®, SOPHE President

Integrating Physical Activity and Nutrition:  Implementing a coordinated school-wide approach to impact health behaviors of adolescents.
Dana Griffith, EdD
Casey Cahill, MPH

Fostering Community Collaboration in School Wellness: Implementing Policy, Systems & Environmental Intervention through School Wellness Committees
Speaker: Dominique Cobbs, MPH, CHES®

Learning Objectives: 

1) Describe the RWJF vision of family and child health/well-being and data that guide the current strategies. 

2) Identify the needs and actions that can help to make this vision a reality.

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.  


Dana Griffith, EdD


Dana Griffith worked as a health and physical education teacher for 27 years before joining HealthMPowers as the Sector Director for Secondary initiatives. In her role as an educator, she was recognized as the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Southern District Teacher of the Year, Gwinnett County Public School's Middle School Teacher of the Year, and the National Football League's Physical Educator of the Year. To gain a global understanding of education, she participated in two Fulbright Teacher Exchanges to Finland and Japan and has earned a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. With HealthMPowers, she has led the secondary sector program to empower healthy habits and transform environments in low socioeconomic schools around Georgia through policy, system, and environmental change.

Casey Cahill, MPH

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®

Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Cam Escoffery is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Escoffery is a health educator and behavioral scientist by training. She has a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has conducted research for over 23 years on health promotion, cancer prevention and control, health technology, implementation science and evaluation. She has served as PI on grants funded by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society and Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Her implementation science work has been published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, Implementation Science, and Evaluation and Program Planning.

Jennifer Ng’andu, MPH

Deborah A. Fortune, PhD, MCHES®


Deborah Fortune has a PhD in Public Health Education and has over 25 years of experience with conducting research, educational sessions and workshops on HIV prevention for youth and African American college women.

William Potts Datema, DrPH, MCHES®, FAHE President

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