Effective Engagement Through Partnerships

Christine Bozlak, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Childhood obesity continues to be an epidemic in the United States. The University at Albany School of Public Health and the Alliance of New York State YMCAs have teamed up to address it at the community level in New York State. Dr. Bozlak and Kyle Stewart explain the partnership. The joint effort has provided students with hands-on learning experiences and paid assistantships through research projects and course assignments. The YMCAs have used the products and findings to inform their current initiatives, such as the implementation of the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in their child care programs. To learn more about the Alliance and their efforts to promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, please visit the Alliance of New York State YMCAs.