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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Drexel: Dornsife Professor Kumanyika Awarded for Outstanding Research and Advocacy

Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, a professor in the department of community health and prevention at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2019 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation with the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, honored Dr. Kumanyika for her pioneering research on obesity prevention and treatment in minority populations.

In a career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Kumanyika’s research has primarily focused on the prevention and control of obesity and chronic diseases and achieving health equity for black Americans. She has led or collaborated on studies on obesity, other aspects of diet and lifestyle, evaluated interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and studied the impact of marketing unhealthy foods in black communities.

“Dr. Kumanyika’s advocacy for health equity for minority populations has left an indelible mark on public health and health education,” said Dr. Lawrence Green, (Hon) chair, James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation Board of Directors. “We are grateful for her commitment to obesity prevention and treatment intervention and honored to present her with the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award.”

Dr. Kumanyika is founder and chair of the Council on Black Health, a national network of scholars and community research partners working to improving health outcomes in black communities. She is also Professor Emerita of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine.

The Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award recognizes a health educator who has made a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion. Award recipients receive a $25,000 prize.