IAPO Workgroups

In order to effectively accomplish specific public education, advocacy, policy and systems change goals in the IAPO Roadmap (the 8 objectives), IAPO’s short-term goals, and long-term goals, IAPO convenes six workgroups, each focusing on one (or more) goals/objectives contained in the IAPO Roadmap, Short-Term Goals, and Long-Term Roadmap Goals.  Members of the working groups are individuals drawn from the organizations on the Leadership Council and in the General Membership.  Each of the six workgroups is led by co-chairs – at least one of them sits on the Steering Committee.

All workgroups and committees are made up of staff and volunteers from IAPO member organizations or public agencies with a role or stake in preventing and reducing obesity. Participation by these workgroup and committee members is provided as an in-kind contribution to IAPO by the organizations that comprise it, and is a measure of the commitment of the member organizations to the success of the Alliance.


Current Workgroups:
Each group meets regularly to monitor the status of the IAPO Roadmap and corresponding short- and long-term goals.  The groups meet monthly and, when appropriate, workgroup chairs or IAPO staff send time-sensitive updates to the workgroup members.


Charge for Workgroups:
  • Develop short-and long-term goals for the IAPO Roadmap.
  • Monitor the status of the accomplishments of IAPO Roadmap and corresponding policy goals.
  • Provide updates to IAPO staff regarding any new opportunities or threats related to workgroup goals/policy agenda.
  • Provide updates on new research, breaking new, and PSE changes to workgroup members.
  • Share opportunities for strategic partnerships, funding and successful local initiatives.
  • Promote networking among member organizations
  • Define actions needed by IAPO members on policy issues
  • Plan and implement strategies for accomplishing short- and long-term workgroup goals (example: symposiums, reports, webinars, etc.)
If you’re interested in joining a workgroup, please contact Janna Simon at janna.simon@iphionline.org to find out if there is an opening.