PHILADELPHIA - Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, professor of Epidemiology, has received an individual recognition award by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine, for her leadership role in shaping Healthy People 2020. Since 1979, Healthy People (HP) has set and monitored national health objectives to meet a broad range of health needs, engage people across the nation to work together, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of prevention activity.

Kumanyika is the vice chair of the federal advisory committee that is providing guidance to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the development of the new HP objectives for 2020. The program leverages scientific insights and lessons learned from the past decades, along with knowledge of current data, trends and innovations, to develop health promotion and disease prevention objectives for the coming decade. Healthy People 2020 will reflect assessments of major risks to health and wellness, changing public health priorities, and emerging technologies related to our nation’s health.

“This award draws attention to my HP2020 federal advisory committee role, a role that I view as an incredible privilege in the opportunity to help shape our national health agenda and priorities, “ says Kumanyika.

Kumanyika received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, Master of Science in social work from Columbia University, Ph.D. in human nutrition from Cornell University and master of public health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

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