(Philadelphia, PA) - Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, has been elected to a one year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), effective July, 2001.


Kumanyika is the associate dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she is also a professor of epidemiology, a senior scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a senior fellow of Penn's Institute on Aging.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, ISHIB is a nonprofit, professional society of more than 800 members worldwide. It was founded in 1986 to respond to the disproportionate rate of high blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors present in ethnic populations. Today it has expanded its scope to include diabetes, stroke, lipid disorders, and renal disease.
These issues are addressed through accredited professional medical education programs, research activities, and patient and community education.

Kumanyika is the author of numerous research articles, many of which focus on the problems of obesity and overweight in minority populations. She has served on various national advisory committees, including the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Committees, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council, and the Women's Health Initiative Advisory committees. Kumanyika is a past Chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association. She currently serves on the Institute of Medicines, Food and Nutrition Board, as well as the National Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. Kumanyika is also a member of the editorial board for Ethnicity & Disease, ISHIB's international journal, which deals with disease and health patterns among ethnic minority populations.


As a member of the Board of Trustees, Kumanyika will assume a leadership position, working to help eliminate health disparities found in ethnic populations.

 

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