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Manal Aboelata, MPH

Program Director, Prevention Institute

MPH., Epidemiology, UCLA

BA., American Studies, UC Berkeley

Manal Aboelata is an advocate for public health and the elimination of health disparities. Manal works to improve community well-being and public health practice by developing new tools, promoting effective strategy and providing technical assistance to community based agencies, foundations and local government. Manal’s work emphasizes policy and community based strategies to improve access to healthy foods, prevent injuries and promote safe physical activity. Manal currently provides staffing and coordination to The Strategic Alliance for Healthy Eating and Activity Environments, a California wide coalition of over 900 individual and organizational members; 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. For the past 2 years, she has worked in partnership with the Trust for Public Land to build local capacity to address park poverty and health disparities. In 2004, she was certified by California Department of Health Services and CalTrans as a California Walkability Expert.

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