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Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH

President Elect


Elected November 2013

Term Ending:  November 2016

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Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, is professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and the Department of Pediatrics (Nutrition Section) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is also the associate dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and serves as a senior advisor to Penn’s University-wide Center for Public Health Initiatives. Dr. Kumanyika was the founding director of Penn's MPH program. She has a unique interdisciplinary background that integrates her training and experience in social work, nutrition, epidemiology and public health to address prevention of obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases and health disparities. Dr. Kumanyika founded and chairs the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, or AACORN, a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. A major theme in her current research is improving equity in food marketing environments in African American communities. She has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific and professional publications.


Dr. Kumanyika has been active in APHA since 1976. She has chaired the Food & Nutrition Section, been a member of the Equal Health Opportunity Committee, Action Board, Joint Policy Committee, Publications Board and Science Board, and, during 2004-2008, was an elected member, vice-chair, and chair of the Executive Board. Among her activities in the broader public health community, Dr. Kumanyika was the vice-chair of the Department of Health & Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, is co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention and of the International Obesity Task Force, and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group. She is a member of the City of Philadelphia’s Food Policy Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Directors of The Food Trust. Her achievements and service in public health have been recognized with several awards, including the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award from the APHA Food & Nutrition Section (1998), the Wade Hampton Frost Award Lectureship from the APHA Epidemiology Section (2011) and the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Annual Lectureship in Public Health from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health (2013).