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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


The Power of Volunteer Advocacy

Written by
Amber Freeland
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Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

Nearly half a century of research from The Cooper Institute has allowed key decision makers to advance policies that improve public health across the country and around the world, thanks to powerful research and passionate volunteers.

Our mission to build a healthier generation continues to gain momentum thanks to an army of voices sharing  the data and the impact made in their community, their state, or even in their personal lives.

We are stronger together. Over 30 passionate volunteers joined us this year to March Forth to the Capitol in Austin - teachers, school administrators, parents, business leaders, healthcare administrators, and legislators - to advance policy priorities at every level. 

Our scientific papers have been cited in congressional testimony and utilized during key Capitol Hill visits by our partners and advocates, proving that we all share the same vision for a healthier America.

As new opportunities are explored in states such as Arkansas, Arizona, Missouri and Montana, our volunteers and partners are driving the shared mission to improve public health by emphasizing the importance of physical activity, fitness and tobacco prevention. 
In our home state of Texas, an army of volunteers thwarted efforts to repeal school physical fitness requirements while strengthening early childcare standards relating to physical activity, nutrition and limited screen time. Texas also passed a historic piece of legislation, becoming the sixteenth state to raise the purchase age from 18 to 21 years for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

“We are very happy about the passage of Tobacco 21 in Texas, but we still need smoke-free workplaces for patrons and employees of restaurants, sports bars and other establishments,” said Steve Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. “We need all community stakeholders to protect everyone from the dangers of second-hand smoke and change this epidemic use of vapor products by our young people.”

The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity and  the Personal Investment Today (PHIT) Coalition are just two of the many organizations who share this vision for healthier communities. Together, armed with evidence-based science from The Cooper Institute, we are driving change through public health policies across the United States. 

“Volunteers are an integral part of healthcare and the real heroes in community initiatives,” said Love.

We are thankful to the many volunteers and  partners who are driving change that improves public health, pushing life-saving public policies, and helping build a healthier generation now and Well. Into the Future.

Join us! Visit to get involved and be an advocate for public health!  


Meet Joel Romo:

Joel Romo joins us as the Vice President of Governmental Affairs for The Cooper Institute, bringing with him over 25 years of experience representing the legislative interests of clients at the local, state and federal levels.


His vast portfolio of public health and education expertise, along with state budgetary experience, is advancing our mission to improve public health at every level. Romo is a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and was recently named a distinguished alumni of Brenham High School. 

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