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Be Our Voice has benefitted from the support and experience of a variety of partners. We encourage you to find out more about the organizations we’ve worked with throughout the course of this project.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
To learn more about RWJF, visit

Managing Organization

National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)
Founded in 1999, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the healthcare they need. Led by experienced pediatric Healthcare Professional, NICHQ’s mission is to improve children’s health by improving the systems responsible for the delivery of children’s healthcare. For more information, visit

Project Staff
Marianne McPherson, PhD, MS - Director of Applied Research and Evaluation
Jenna Williams, MPH - Project Manager
Carrie Peltier, MS, MPH - Project Manager
Erin Ellingwood - Project Manager for Marketing Services

Phase 1 National Partners

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP achieves its mission through advocacy, education, policy development, research and service. As such, the AAP and its 59 US chapters and members regularly advocate on behalf of children and pediatricians at the federal, state and local level. For more information, visit

Project Staff
Jeanne Lindros, MPH - Manager, Obesity Initiatives
Mala Bedient, MPH - Program Coordinator, Public Health Initiatives
Regina Shaefer, MPH - Manager, Council on Community Pediatrics

California Medical Association Foundation (CMAF)
The CMA Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves as a link between physicians and their communities. The CMA Foundation has developed a cutting edge Physician Champion program that can serve as a template for national programs. This innovative approach to obesity prevention has been cited as a “best practice” in the 2006 Institute of Medicine Preventing Childhood Obesity report. For more information about the CMA Foundation, visit

Project Staff
Elissa Maas, MPH - Vice President of Programs
Vanessa Saetern - Project Assistant, Obesity Prevention Project
Phoua Moua - Project Coordinator, Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO)

We would also like to thank past program contributors: Alexandra Charrow, Katie DuBoff, Cathleen Psaras, Amy Kephart, Shannon Eldridge, Katherine Crumley, Priya Hetherley, Hillary Anderson, Rachelle Mirkin, and Karthi Streb.

Phase 2 Partner Initiatives

Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM) is to impact communities in Northwest Mississippi by connecting people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation's Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program--Get A Life! My Life, My Health, My Choice--is targeting childhood obesity in DeSoto, Tate and Marshall Counties and sponsored by the Robet Wood Johnson Foundation. For more information about the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and Get A Life!, visit

Key Contact

Peggy Linton - Community Development Director [email]

Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Community Pediatrics Training Programs
One in three children in North Carolina are overweight and suffer health problems, poor quality of life, and social isolation. The Healthy Lifestyles Program seeks to answer this challenge by offering caring providers, family-centered treatment programs, highly trained educators and researchers, and strong community partnerships. The Community Pediatrics Training Program offers a wide range of opportunities for various types of health care professionals of all levels and aims to develop skills related to childhood obesity clinical care, research and advocacy. To learn more about the Healthy Lifestyles Program or the Community Pediatrics Training Program, please visit

Key Contact
Dr. Sarah Armstrong - Director of the Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program [email]

FirstHealth of the Carolinas

FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit health care network located in Pinehurst, N.C. The system serves 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas and and is licensed for three hospitals with a total of 582 beds. FirstHealth also operates the Reid Heart Center, a rehabilitation center, 3 sleep disorders centers, 3 dental clinics, 7 family care centers, 6 fitness centers, a laundry, 4 charitable foundations, a Hospice program, home health services and an insurance plan. For more information about FirstHealth, visit

Key Contact
Melissa Watford - Health Education Coordinator [email]

Texas Pediatric Society

As the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) is a state professional nonprofit organization of 2,800 Texas pediatricians and 600 medical students. The mission of the TPS is to focus its talent and resources to ensure that the children in Texas are safe and healthy, that its members are well informed and supported, and that the practice of pediatrics in Texas is both fulfilling and economically viable. For more information about the TPS, visit

Key Contact
Mary Greene-Noble - Executive Director [email]

United Way Worldwide
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. They envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. Since 2008, United Way has been working to achieve a bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018. For more information about United Way, visit

Key Contact
Stacey Knight - Director of Health  [email]

Teach a Kid to Fish
Teach a Kid to Fish is a physician-directed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission in partnership with community members, to prevent and reduce obesity by empowering children and families in Lincoln, Nebraska to eat healthy and be active. Teach a Kid to Fish focuses on building relationships with community organizations and leaders. The organization measures baseline data objectifying the local need and health disparities and works on sustainable projects in the areas of healthcare and school systems. To learn more about Teach a Kid to Fish, visit

Key Contact
Dr. Karla Lester - Executive Director [email]

YMCA of the USA
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y's Healthier Communities Initiatives (Pioneering Healthier Communities, Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities and ACHIEVE) are helping families put nutritious food on the table by bringing farmers markets with fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods where healthy food options are scarce; giving parents peace of mind when they let their kids walk to school by creating safer routes; and keeping a generation of kids healthier by working with schools to increase physical education and physical activity during the school day. For more information about the Y and their programs, visit

Key Contact
Bruce Hathaway - Project Manager for the Healthier Communities Initiative  [email]