Shiriki Kumanyika Named President-Elect of American Public Health Association

Shiriki Kumanyika has a long history in the public health program at Penn — she was the Founding Director of Penn’s interdisciplinary, multi-school Master of Public Health program and is currently the Senior Advisor to the Center for Public Health Initiatives. But the impact of her work extends beyond Penn and across the country; for example, Dr. Kumanyika founded the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. From 2008-2011 she was Vice Chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2020 Objectives. She currently chairs the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, co-chairs the International Obesity Task Force of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Nutrition. She has also lectured widely within the United States and abroad and can be seen in the HBO series The Weight of the Nation.

And now the Penn public health community is thrilled to announce that Dr. Kumanyika has been named the President-Elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The election was help at APHA’s annual meeting in Boston last month.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to serve as the next president of the APHA,” said Kumanyika. “This role will provide me with outstanding opportunities to contribute to the fulfillment of APHA’s  mission of improving the health of people in the US and globally. I look forward to many stimulating and productive interactions with APHA’s network of state affiliates, as well as with APHA’s many sections, caucuses, other membership units and the outstanding Washington, DC, headquarters staff.”

For more information, you can read the official press release from the Perelman School of Medicine and coverage from WHYY’s NewsWorks.

You can also read more about Dr. Kumanyika and her work at the following places:

Congratulations, Dr. Kumanyika!

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