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May 2024

Exploring Obesity’s Impact on Women and Policy’s Role in Improving Outcomes

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Obesity is a significant public health issue in the United States, affecting millions of Americans and costing billions of dollars in health care expenses. Women are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, both in terms of their health outcomes and the economic costs of the disease. There are also notable racial and economic disparities associated with obesity. During this congressional briefing, panelists will explore the disproportionate impact of obesity on women, including obesity risk factors that are unique to women,…

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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Goals

  • Provide overview of how obesity may impact women differently than men
  • Discuss challenges, including obesity prevention and treatment challenges, that may disproportionately affect women
  • Share federal policy landscape and how it may be affecting women’s health and quality of life outcomes as well as what changes could be made to improve access to different treatment options

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Panelists

Lisa Bailey-Davis, DEd, RD
Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences, Geisinger
Lisa Bailey-Davis, DEd, RD
Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences, Geisinger

Dr. Bailey-Davis is an Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences and the Associate Director of the Center for Obesity & Metabolic Research at Geisinger, a large integrated health system in rural Pennsylvania. Dr. Bailey-Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science at the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in Nutrition Education at Immaculata College, and a doctorate in Adult Education at Penn State. She is also faculty in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State. She is a registered dietitian.

Dr. Bailey-Davis’ research addresses both structural and social determinants of health with the goal of improving nutrition, food security, and health equity for rural, low income maternal and child populations, with a commitment to halting intergenerational transmission through solutions that apply systems science. Her research primarily focuses on primary and secondary prevention of obesity, cardiovascular kidney metabolic disease, and child abuse and maltreatment. Stakeholder, patient, and community engagement is woven into the planning, conduct, and dissemination of her prevention research and implementation science program. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and serves on the editorial boards of Obesity Science & Practice, Nutrients, Frontiers in Public Health – Public Health and Nutrition.

Currently, her research program is supported with funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the American Heart Association, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the Degenstein Foundation, and the Geisinger Health Plan Foundation. Her past funding support includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Novo Nordisk, Merck, and Weight Watchers International. Dr. Bailey-Davis serves as a merit reviewer for both PCORI and the American Heart Association.

Patty Nece, JD
Immediate Past Chair, Obesity Action Coalition National Board of Directors
Patty Nece, JD
Immediate Past Chair, Obesity Action Coalition National Board of Directors

As a dedicated member of the Obesity Action Coalition and Immediate Past Chair of the OAC National Board of Directors, Patricia Nece, JD, is an avid advocate for sound obesity treatments and the eradication of weight-based bias, stigma, and discrimination. She encourages change by sharing her own experiences of living with obesity. Her advocacy work has included testifying before the U.S. Food & Drug Administration; participating in numerous Congressional briefings; and giving a patient’s perspective to legislators, healthcare providers, researchers, food-industry representatives, and more. Patty’s involvement with OAC, an 80,000-member nonprofit organization dedicated to giving a voice to individuals affected by obesity, has challenged weight bias, supported science-based obesity treatments and empowered others in their health journeys.

Patty currently chairs OAC’s Weight Bias Committee. She is also a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, the World Obesity Federation’s Policy and Prevention Committee, and the International Obesity Collaboration. She was awarded The Obesity Society’s Presidential Medal during the Presidential Plenary session at ObesityWeek® 2022, the leading international conference on obesity that brings together scientific, medical, policy and other professionals interested in obesity, for her contributions to the obesity field. Patty retired from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Solicitor’s Office in 2022 after 37 years of service.

Tiffany Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH
Stadtman Investigator, Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Tiffany Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH
Stadtman Investigator, Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Tiffany Powell-Wiley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During medical school, she spent a year at the NIH as a research fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program. Dr. Powell-Wiley graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Powell-Wiley completed internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Powell-Wiley served two years as a clinical research fellow in the Reynolds Cardiovascular Research Center at UTSW. Dr. Powell-Wiley also served for one year as the Cardiology division’s first chief fellow. From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Powell-Wiley was an Assistant Clinical Investigator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. From 2011-2014, she held a joint appointment in the Office of the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. Since 2017, Dr. Powell-Wiley has been an Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator with a joint appointment in the Cardiovascular Branch of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Tracy Zvenyach, PhD
Director, Policy Strategy and Alliances, Obesity Action Coalition
Tracy Zvenyach, PhD
Director, Policy Strategy and Alliances, Obesity Action Coalition

Dr. Tracy Zvenyach is Director of Policy Strategy and Alliances at the Obesity Action Coalition. In this role, she provides leadership in the development and implementation of policy priorities and strategy for OAC and represents OAC in alliances and coalition efforts to advance obesity care. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches healthcare policy and advocacy to graduate level students.

In her previous roles, Dr. Zvenyach led obesity public policy and advocacy efforts in industry and worked in the U.S. Senate for years, on topics ranging from healthcare, women’s policy, workforce, disaster response, and judiciary policy. Two legislative highlights include her work on provisions included in the Affordable Care Act and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Dr. Zvenyach’s research and publications focus on health economics and policy research to address barriers to obesity care, as well as diet quality of pregnant women receiving the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental food program.

Dr. Zvenyach received a BS in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her MS in nursing and PhD in health policy from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. Dr. Zvenyach volunteers her time on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Nurses Association.



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