The obesity epidemic is affecting communities across the U.S., as more than one third of all American adults are obese. The Latino community is especially hard hit, developing weight-related health conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes—at high rates. They also have the lowest rate of insurance to cover the costs of health care.

Join Dialogue4Health for the first part in a Web Forum series focusing on the Latino community and obesity and overweight prevention in the post-election climate. These Web Forums build off the series of HBO’s Weight of the Nation Web Forums Dialogue4Health conducted in the spring of 2012. This exciting Web Forum will focus on public awareness and community action around the obesity epidemic, and discuss its cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental aspects. It will feature simultaneous translation from English to Spanish so that participants of both language groups across the nation can listen in.

During the Web Forum, presenters will:

  • Outline the epidemiology of obesity in accessible terms, and the underlying factors contributing to the obesity epidemic;
  • Elaborate upon the link between obesity prevention and other social issues;
  • Discuss the role of community empowerment through leadership and capacity building for policy advocacy and systems change; and
  • Provide examples of how Latino communities are coming together to create healthier built, food, beverage, social and community environments.

The Weight of the Nation™ documentary is part of a public education initiative addressing the national obesity epidemic and proposing solutions that communities can put into practice. Copyright © 2012 KFHP, Inc. All rights reserved. The Weight of the Nation™ is a licensed trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use of this trademark is not an endorsement by HHS or CDC of a particular company or organization. The Weight of the Nation™ is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NHI), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.


Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH

Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Michael A. Rodríguez is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America. His research activities focus on ethnic/racial health care and patient-provider communication…

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Rosa Soto

Regional Director

California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Oakland, CA

Rosa Soto is the Regional Director for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which she joined at its inception. Through education, outreach and policy change, CCPHA works to raise awareness about critical public health issues and with community advocates to support physical activity and access to nutritious…

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Genoveva Islas, MPH

California CTG Project Coordinator

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in small rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley; her parents were farm laborers.  She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Science with…

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George Flores, MD, MPH

Program Manager, Prevention

The California Endowment

Oakland, CA

Dr. Flores is a Program Manager for The California Endowment’s Healthy California Prevention team. His work focuses on grant-making to improve health and equity through community-based prevention and a transformational health workforce. His strategies involve strengthening the public health system, linking primary care and community-based prevention, and fostering cross-sector collaboration to…

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