UNC professor appointed to national public health advisory group

February 10, 2011 - Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Ph.D., professor of nutrition in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to a new health-care advisory panel.

CHAPEL HILL - Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Ph.D., professor of nutrition in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to a new health-care advisory panel.

The Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health was established last June, along with the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. The advisory group reports to the Surgeon General, who chairs the council.

The group will develop policy and program recommendations and advise the council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health-care practices and health promotion. Members include health professionals who have expertise in worksite health promotion, community services, preventive medicine, health coaching, public health education, geriatrics and rehabilitation medicine.

Mayer-Davis’ research focuses on diabetes in youth, diabetes prevention and management, and diabetes among African Americans and other minority and underserved populations.  She recently was named president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association.

Chapel Hill pediatrician Sharon Van Horn, M.D., an alumna of the school’s epidemiology department, also was appointed to the advisory group.

For more information see http://www.sph.unc.edu/schoolwide_news/mayer-davis_appointed_by_president_to_national_public_health_advisory_group_17636_8289.html.

White House news release: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/26/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts

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