Obesity Member Section
Obesity Issue-Based Member Section
Issue-Based Member Sections (Member Sections) serve as professional units of the Maine Public Health Association and conduct activities that promote our mission and goals. Member Sections provide opportunities for members to develop scientific/educational program content; develop policy papers in areas of interest or fields of practice; provide professional and social networking, career development, and mentoring.
The work of the Obesity Issue-Based Member Section is grounded in evidence and focused on public health initiatives. The Member Section’s focus is on framing obesity as a chronic disease and advocating for health promotion and disease prevention. Specific topics are chosen based on group members’ interests, knowledge and skillsets, along with available data, evidence, and priorities for Maine and the Maine Public Health Association.
Involvement in the Member Sections is highly encouraged. Member Sections provide opportunities for professional development and networking, along with opportunities to play a role in informing current public health policy and education of other public health colleagues, lawmakers and Maine residents. Member Section participants range from those who are new to public health to those with over 20 years of experience. Participants are required to be active member of the Maine Public Health Association and can join the Member Section at any time.
The Obesity Member Section meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month from 2pm-3pm via Zoom.
Please contact Heather Drake, MPHA Membership Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to join today.
The following resources have been developed by the Member Section.
- Fact Sheet: Obesity: A Public Health Imperative Exacerbated by COVID-19
- Policymaker Town Hall: Obesity is a Chronic Disease (4/16/21, recording)
- Policymaker Town Hall: Obesity is a Chronic Disease (4/16/21, slide deck)