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Funded States

On July 1, 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded 23 states for a 5-year period to do the following:

Click on the map below for contact information for states funded by the CDC’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program (NPAO). To read about specific interventions, go to State Stories.

Arkansas Colorado Georgia Iowa Michigan Montana New York North Carolina South Carolina Texas Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Massachusetts map of funded states

Contact Person:
Becky Adams
Branch Unit Leader, Arkansas Lifestage Health
Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services
Telephone: 501-661-2334
Fax: 501-661-2055
Web site:

Contact Person:
Neal Kohatsu, MD, MPH
Chief, Cancer Control Branch
California Department of Public Health
Telephone: 916-449-5353
Fax: 916-449-5355

Contact Person:
Karen Deleeuw
Director, Center for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Telephone: 303-692-2515
Fax: 303-691-7721
Web site:*

Contact Person:
Diane Ayers
Project Coordinator
Georgia Department of Human Resources
Telephone: 404-657-2877
Fax: 404-657-2886
Web site:*

Contact Person:
JoEllen Vrazel, PhD, MA
Director, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA)
Indiana State Department of Health
Telephone: 317-233-5590
Fax: 317-233-7387

Contact Person:
Dennis Haney
Program Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health
Telephone: 515-281-7501
Fax: 515-281-4913
Web site:*

Contact Person:
Christina Nordstrom
Program Coordinator, Overweight Prevention and Control Initiative
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Telephone: 617-994-9859
Fax: 617-624-5075

Contact Person:
Martha Roberts, MPH
Manager, CDRR Unit, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division
Minnesota Department of Health
Telephone: 651-201-5492
Fax: 651-201-5800

Contact Person:
Gwendoline Imes
Program Coordinator, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control
Michigan Department of Community Health
Telephone: 517-335-9492
Fax: 517-335-8593

Contact Person:
Ninia Baehr, MA, RN
Program Manager, Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
Montana State University
Telephone: 406-994-5686
Fax: 406-994-5699

Contact Person:
Jamie Hahn, M.Ed.
Program Manager, Cardiovascular Health Program
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Telephone: 402-471-3493
Fax: 402-471-6446

New Hampshire
Contact Person:
Margaret S. Murphy
Administrator, Nutrition and Health Promotion Section
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services
Telephone: 603-271-4545
Fax: 603-271-4779

New Jersey
Contact Person:
Karin A. Mille, RD, MS
Public Health Consultant
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Telephone: 609-292-1723
Fax: 609-292-3580

New York
Contact Person:
Kyle A. Restina
Program Coordinator, Bureau of Health Risk Reduction
New York State Department of Health
Telephone: 518-408-5126
Fax: 518-474-3356

North Carolina
Contact Person:
Cathy Thomas
Project Manager/Head, Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Telephone: 919-707-5216
Fax: 919-870-4804
Web sites:*

Rhode Island
Contact Person:
Eliza Lawson, MPH
Program Manager, Initiative for a Healthy Weight
Rhode Island Department of Health
Telephone: 401-222-4847
Fax: 401-222-4415
Web site:

South Carolina
Contact Person:
Erika Kirby
Director, Division of Obesity Prevention and Control
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Telephone: 803-545-4476
Fax: 803-545-4921

Contact Person:
Joan Cook, MS, RD
Interim NPAO Program Director, Bureau of Health Services
Tennessee Department of Health
Telephone: 615-253-8745
Fax: 615-532-7189

Contact Person:
Maria Guzman
Program Manager, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Program
Texas Department of State Health Services
Telephone: 512-458-7111 ext. 6525
Fax: 512-458-7618
Web site:* and*

Contact Person:
Lynda Blades, MPH, CHES
Physical Activity Coordinator, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
Utah Department of Health
Telephone: 801-538-6229
Fax: 801-538-9495

Contact Person:
Kyle Unland
Nutrition and Activity Section Manager, Chronic Disease Prevention Unit
Washington State Department of Health
Telephone: 360-236-3757
Fax: 360-236-3708
Web site:

West Virginia
Contact Person:
Keri Kennedy,
Program Manager, Physical Activity and Nutrition Program
Phone: 304-558-5210
Fax: 304-558-1553
Web site:*

Contact Person:
Mary Pesik
Program Coordinator, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Telephone: 608-267-3694
Fax: 608-266-3125
Web site:

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Page last reviewed: July 10, 2008
Page last updated: July 10, 2008
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion