Manal Aboelata, MPH
Manal J. Aboelata, Program Director at the Prevention Institute, is an advocate for public health and the elimination of health disparities. Ms. Aboelata works to improve community well-being and public health practice by developing new tools, promoting effective strategies and providing technical assistance to community based agencies, foundations and local governments. Ms. Aboelata's work emphasizes policy and community based strategies to improve access to healthy foods, prevent injuries and promote safe physical activity. Under the auspices of the Health Funder's Partnership of Orange County's Community Advocacy Initiative to Prevent Type II Diabetes, she has provided consultation and technical assistance to 6 community collaboratives in Orange County to assist in efforts to advance local policy and advocate for healthier eating and physical activity opportunities. In 2003 Ms. Aboelata worked with the University of Irvine to lead two leadership sessions to build the capacity of Orange County youth to prevent injuries and promote traffic safety. She currently provides staffing and coordination to Strategic Alliance for Healthy Eating and Activity Environments, oversees the development of a Nutrition and Activity Local Policy Database, and is directing a national mapping project to identify key hubs of social and political activism to reverse health inequities. She is principle author of The Built Environment and Health: 11 Profiles of Neighborhood Transformation. In 2004 Ms. Aboelata was certified by the California Department of Health Services and CalTrans as a California Walkability Expert. She currently serves on the Governing Council for the Southern California Public Health Association. Ms. Aboelata received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies with an emphasis in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and obtained her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology, from the School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles. She will provide content expertise to the Health and Fitness Task Force.