Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Who I Am

Melicia C. Whitt-Glover is the Inaugural Executive Director of the Council on Black Health (CBH), formerly the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN). Dr. Whitt-Glover is a scholar, researcher and community partner known for her expertise in public health leadership, health behavior interventions in racial/ethnic minority communities and program planning and evaluation.  For over 20 years, Dr. Whitt-Glover has been engaged in research and evaluation projects designed to identify effective strategies to promote adherence to national recommendations for physical activity, diet, and healthy weight gain to address disparities in chronic disease morbidity and mortality. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, national and local foundations, and local government organizations. She was a member of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, which was a group of the country’s most accomplished physical activity and health expertise who will play a critical role in a comprehensive process, culminating with the publication of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Dr. Whitt-Glover holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Shiriki K. Kumanyika PhD, MPH

Founding Chair

Who I Am

Shiriki K. Kumanyika is Founder and Chair of the Council on Black Health (CBH), formerly the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, a national network of academic scholars and community research partners based in approximately 20 states around the nation.

CBH seeks to advance the health and well-being of Black American children and adults. CBH has its national office at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, where Dr. Kumanyika is a Research Professor in the Department of Community Health & Prevention. She also retains an appointment as Professor Emerita of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (Penn). During the past decade Dr. Kumanyika has collaborated with other CBH members to document the heavy exposure of Black Americans to targeted marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages, explore influences of food and beverage prices on product purchases of Black shoppers, and develop ways to improve support for healthy eating in food environments. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and a past president of the American Public Health Association and is involved in numerous public health-related advisory and policy activities in the United States and abroad. Dr. Kumanyika has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific articles, reports, commentaries and book chapters.