Dr. Wendy Slusser, a staff pediatrician at the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic Pediatric Health and Wellness program, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E Award by the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Slusser is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA, the co-founder and medical director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight program, and founder and co-director of the Community Health and Advocacy Pediatric Residency Training Program.

“We are pleased to recognize the important contributions Dr. Slusser has made as a leader in community, school, clinic, and family based programs related to health promotion, infant and child nutrition and physical fitness,” stated Dr. Michael O’Donnell, president of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Slusser is currently the principal investigator on the Prevention of Childhood Overweight through Parent Training Intervention Project, which focuses on low-income preschool children and their parents. She also serves as co-principal investigator for the evaluation of the Nutrition Network’s Los Angeles Unified School District project.

The Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. Award is presented annually by the American Journal of Health Promotion to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations or to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion.

It includes a cash award made possible through grants provided by the California Wellness Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and individual donors.