She is currently the lead on the Healthy Campus Initiative and over the last two years led the nutrition pod for the Initiative. She is also the Principal Investigator on the Fit for LA Project that is focused on building the capacity of LAUSD school doctors, nurse practitioners and UCLA pediatric residents in the prevention and management of pediatric obesity; and the Prevention of Childhood Overweight through Parent Training Intervention Project focused on low-income preschool children and their parents. She is currently finishing the production of Our Food Chain Documentary in collaboration with LAUSD. Previous research included positions as principal investigator on the Fruit and Vegetable Bar Intervention study to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income elementary school children in LAUSD. Dr. Slusser is Board Certified in Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and practiced and taught General Pediatrics and health promotion at the Venice Family Clinic for 19 years. She was selected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine committee called Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children. She is the 2010 recipient of the Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People through Empowerment) Award presented annually by the American Journal of Health Promotion to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations or to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion.
Slusser WM, Frankel F, Robison K, Fischer H, Cumberland WG, Neumann C Pediatric Overweight Prevention through a Parent Training Program for 2-5 year old Latino Children, Journal of Pediatric Obesity , 2012; 8(1): 52-59.
Slusser WM, Staten K, Stephens K, Liu L, Yeh C, Armstrong S, DeUgarte D, Haemer M. ) Payment for obesity services: examples and recommendations for stage 3 comprehensive multidisciplinary intervention programs for children and adolescents, Pediatrics, 2011; 128: s78-s85.
Slusser WM, Prelip M, Kinsler J, Toller Erausquin J, Thai C, Neumann C Challenges to parent nutrition education: A qualitative study of parents of urban children attending low-income schools. , Public Health Nutrition, 2011; 14(10): 1833-1841.
Prelip M, Slusser W, Thai CL Kinsler J, Erausquin JT Improving low-income parents fruit and vegetable intake and their potential to impact childrens nutrition, Health Education, 2011; 111(5): 391-411.
Guerrero A,¬ Slusser W, Barreto PM, Rosales N, Kuo A Latina mothers perceptions of healthcare professionals weight assessments of preschool-aged children. , Journal of Maternal and Child Health , 2011; 15: 1308-1315.
Prelip M, Thai Chan Le, Erausquin JT, Slusser W. The Effects of A School-based Nutrition Program Diffused throughout A Large Urban Community on Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors Related to Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Journal of School Health, 2011; 81(9): 520-529.
Slusser WM, Cumberland W, Browdy B, Lange L and Neumann C A School Salad Bar increases frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption among children living in low-income households , Public Health Nutrition, 2007; 10(12): 1490-1496.
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