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April 3, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 7

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Cyber-Seminar Will Explore Measuring the Health of a Community

Dr. Kurt Stange, Terry Allan, and Dr. Paul JarrisDr. Kurt Stange, Terry Allan, and Dr. Paul Jarris

The April 10 Research to Reality (R2R) cyber-seminar will explore tools and resources, such as the County Health Rankings, that can be used to measure the health of a community. Participants will examine ways to measure a community’s health that can stimulate multi-stakeholder engagement and serve as a focus for efforts to improve community health and health equity.

Dr. Kurt Stange of Case Western Reserve University will highlight models used to measure the health of a community and discuss how knowledge generated and followed over time can empower multi-stakeholder groups to work together to improve health, its determinants, and health equity. 

Terry Allan of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Dr. Paul Jarris of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will share their experiences working across sectors to measure community health at the local and national levels. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and lessons learned and to discuss how other communities can use this approach to improve health and equity.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the R2R website, where you can watch presentations and join discussions. All R2R cyber-seminars are archived on the website approximately 1 week after the presentation. For more information on the cyber-seminar series, please e-mail

Dr. John Potter to Deliver First Schatzkin Lecture in Nutritional Epidemiology

Dr. John PotterDr. John Potter

The inaugural Arthur Schatzkin Distinguished Lecture in Nutritional Epidemiology will be held at 3:00 p.m. on April 16 in Lipsett Amphitheater on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. NCI established this annual lecture to honor the memory of Dr. Arthur Schatzkin, a visionary scientist, mentor, and leader in the field of nutrition and cancer.

Dr. Schatzkin joined NCI in 1984 and served as chief of the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch from 1995 to 2011. He was committed to understanding the role of nutrition in cancer etiology and prevention and was instrumental in addressing major methodological issues of research in nutritional epidemiology. Dr. Schatzkin passed away in January 2011. 

This year's lecturer is Dr. John Potter, member and senior advisor of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Potter's research focuses on the role of diet and physical activity in the development of cancer, with a particular emphasis on the epidemiology, biology, early detection, and prevention of colon cancer. The title of his talk is "Nutrition, Environment, Development, and Cancer: Casting a Wider Net." 

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