Thought Leader, Patient Engagement

Sara Bleich, PhD

Professor of Public Health Policy
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Sara Bleich is a Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Her research provides evidence to support policy alternatives for obesity prevention and control, particularly among populations at higher risk for obesity. A signature theme throughout her work is an interest in asking simple, meaningful questions about the complex problem of obesity, which can fill important gaps in the literature. Sara is the past recipient of an award for “most outstanding abstract” at the International Conference on Obesity in Sydney, Australia, an award for “best research manuscript” in the journal Obesity, and an award for excellence in public interest communication from the Frank Conference. Sara was recently appointed as a White House Fellow (2015–2016), where she was a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative. She holds degrees from Columbia (BA, Psychology) and Harvard (PhD, Health Policy).

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Patient Engagement

Obesity Interventions: Looking Ahead

Experts in weight management share their optimism — and pessimism — about tackling obesity over the next decade.

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Patient Engagement

Shifting Social Norms to Reduce the Obesity Epidemic

A look at environment changes that could help reduce the obesity epidemic in the United States.

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