Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H. (member, workshop planning committee), is professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Nutrition Section) and associate dean for health promotion and disease prevention at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Kumanyika’s interdisciplinary background integrates epidemiology, nutrition, prevention, minority health, and women’s health issues across the life course. The main themes of her research concern the role of nutritional factors in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, with a particular focus on obesity, sodium reduction, and related health problems such as hypertension and diabetes. She has a particular interest in the epidemiology and management of obesity among African Americans. Dr. Kumanyika has served on numerous national and international advisory committees and expert panels related to nutrition and obesity, including as vice chair of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2020. She is co-chair of the International Obesity Task Force and serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. Dr. Kumanyika has served as a member of the IOM Food and Nutrition Board, chair of the IOM Committee on an Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision Making, and a member of the IOM Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth. She is currently a member of the IOM Standing Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention and chair of the IOM Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. She received a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in human nutrition from Cornell University, and an M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the IOM.
Joseph W. Thompson, M.D., M.P.H. (member, workshop planning committee), is surgeon general of the State of Arkansas, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, and professor in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Thompson has led efforts in planning and implementing health care financing reform and tobacco- and obesity-related health promotion and disease prevention programs in Arkansas, including documenting the state’s success in halting the progress of the childhood obesity epidemic. He helped implement ARHealthNet, Arkansas’ health insurance waiver for low-income workers. He served as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Luther Terry fellow in preventive medicine in the office of the assistant secretary for health in HHS, and assistant vice president and director of research at the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington,