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Antronette K. (Toni) Yancey, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles

MD, Duke University

MPH, University of California, Los Angeles

BA, biochemistry and molecular biology, Northwestern University

Throughout her career, Dr Yancey has focused on various aspects of chronic disease prevention and adolescent health promotion. Her work addresses health disparities in underserved and understudied communities that are at increased risk for obesity—and inactivity—related chronic diseases, mostly by designing and implementing practical intervention approaches to influence the behavior of “captive audiences” in workplace, school, religious and health care settings. She has served five years in public health practice, most recently as Director of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Dr. Yancey is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and a public health commentator for local NPR affiliate, KPCC. She has authored more than 100 scientific publications, including briefs, book chapters, videos, and among those, more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and editorials. Her work includes serving on the federal Physical Activity Guidelines Committee, the Public Health Advisory Committee for the State of California, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, and the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute, which she currently chairs.

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