Shared Use Ambassadors

The National Shared Use Task Force has created the Shared Use Ambassadorship program to acknowledge practitioners, researchers, and policymakers who are making positive strides in the field of shared use to increase physical activity and healthy food access in communities.

We are truly inspired by the work of these Ambassadors. They are at the forefront of some of the most creative and effective shared use strategies, from engaging hospitals and exploring the role of shared use in hospital settings, to amplifying the youth voice to effectively advocate for shared use in their schools, to tackling the challenges of shared use implementation in rural Appalachia. The momentum that these Ambassadors have been able to gather is galvanizing the movement -- from increasing physical activity access in the Tongan American community in Salt Lake City, Utah to addressing the needs of the community through the community school model in Ohio, there is no shortage of inspiration from these Ambassadors. We hope you are able to learn from their stories and be encouraged in your own work.

Meet the Spring 2017 Shared Use Ambassadors

ruth bell

Ruth Bell
Organization: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Title: Health Program Analyst
Location: Los Angeles, CA


erika hood

Erika Hood
Organization: Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Title: REACH Community Fellow and Active Living Strategy Coordinator
Location: Cleveland, OH


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Ohio's Creating Healthy Communities Program
Organization: Ohio Department of Health
Representative: Ashley Davis, Creating Healthy Communities Program Manager
Location: Columbus, OH


Meet the Spring 2016 Shared Use Ambassadors

Jamal Jones

Jamal Jones
Organization: Baltimore Algebra Project
Title: Co-Executive Director of the Baltimore Algebra Project
Location: Baltimore, Maryland


Katie Stone

Katie Stone 
Organization: Columbus Public Health
Title: Creating Healthy Communities Program Director
Location: Columbus, Ohio


George Block

George Block
Organization: San Antonio Sports and Voices for Children San Antonio
Title: President of the World Swimming Coaches Association
Location: San Antonio, TX


Hitomi Kubo

Hitomi Kubo
Organization: Microclinic International (MCI)/Spread the Health Appalachia
Title: Senior Vice President, Policy Development
Location: Cumberland Valley, KY

Teresa Wendell

Teresa Wendell
Organization: Kiser Elementary School
Title: Site Coordinator Kiser PreK-8 School
Location: Dayton, OH

Fahina Tavake-Pasi

Fahina Tavake-Pasi
Organization: National Tongan American Society (NTAS)
Title: Executive Director
Location: Salt Lake City, UT