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Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH

Research Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health

Dr. Kumanyika’s expertise is in public health nutrition and strategies for achieving equity in the prevention and management of obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases. Her research during the past decade has focused on addressing racialized target marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to Black children and adults. Her move to Drexel in 2015 followed her transition to Emeritus status at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Professor of Epidemiology for 15 years. Dr. Kumanyika was the Founding Chair of the Council on Black Health, formerly the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), which is now hosted at the Dornsife School of Public Health. The Council is a national organization with members in several U.S. states and a mission to realize healthy Black communities. Current Council activities include: leading a health disparities research core within an NIH-funded diabetes research and translation center; a partnership with national Black organizations to drive policy change on key Black health issues and health determinants; and an initiative to develop and support trusted health navigator teams in selected US communities to improve health literacy and access to resources that address social needs. Dr. Kumanyika chairs the Food and Nutrition Board at the National Academy of Medicine and the Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group for the World Health Organization. She is a past president of the American Public Health Association.