The College of Nursing & Health Innovation is joining Arizona State University to host a child health forum on January 20th in Washington, DC.

Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the U.S. (2002-2006) will present opening remarks at the forum titled "Americas Children at Peril: Solving the Child Obesity and Mental Health Epidemics."

Dean Bernadette Melnyk of the college will join six other expert panelists at the 9 - 10:30 a.m. program at the National Press Club.

Panel members include:

Kyu Rhee, MD, Chief Public Health Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration

Peter S. Jensen, MD – President, REACH Institute and Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, PNP, PMHNP, Dean, ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Marie Morilus-Black, MSW – Director, DC Department of Mental Health: Children/Youth Services

Russell R. Pate, PhD, FACSM – Director, Childrens Physical Activity Research Group, Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina

Joanne Kenen – Founding Editor, New Health Dialogue blog, New America Foundation

Madelyn Clark – Youth Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The forum is one of a series sponsored by ASU on key challenges facing the nation. The forum will be available as an archived webcast on the ASU web site after the live program is completed.

More information and to register.