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 Obesity Member Section’s focus is on framing obesity as a chronic disease and advocating for health promotion and disease prevention policies and programs. Specific topics are chosen based on group members’ interests, knowledge, and skillsets, along with available data, evidence, and priorities for Maine and MPHA. The work of the Section is grounded in evidence and focused on public health initiatives and uses person-first and trauma-informed language.
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 from 3pm-4pm via Zoom.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join today.
Resources Developed by the Member Section
- A Toolkit for Addressing Obesity-Related Stigma and Bias in Healthcare and Public Health
- 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)