Dr. Monica Wang, assistant professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, has been named one of the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The honors are presented annually by City Awake, a program of the chamber that connects and celebrates the next generation of leaders.
The awards highlight the contributions of young leaders who have demonstrated “professional, personal, and civic commitment to improving the quality of life” in the Greater Boston area. Dr. Wang and the other honorees will be recognized on October 25 at Laugh Boston, where they will share their visions and their work.
“I am thrilled to be recognized along with the other honorees as emerging leaders for our commitment to improving the quality of life in the Greater Boston region,” Dr. Wang says. “This award has personal meaning due to my local roots and professional meaning because public health is not always represented in awards such as these. When we invest in the health of our communities, we ultimately strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of our society.”
Dr. Wang’s research targets disparities in childhood obesity and chronic disease management through cross-sector collaborations with community organizations, public media entities, and local policymakers. She has studied racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in obesity and chronic diseases as well as the design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of culturally tailored programs and policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity among underserved children and families.
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