Seminar Series and Webcast in Systems Science and Obesity
Community and Cross-Sectoral Actions in a Systems Approach to Obesity
Solutions to obesity require an integrated, top-down and bottom-up approach.
This presentation highlights systems-oriented questions and includes discussion about creating systems impact, particularly emphasizing how to mobilize the public for obesity prevention and how to influence the cultural underpinnings of change. Examples from obesity and non-obesity spheres will be included to advance the discussion.
Terry Huang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion at the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Huang was Director of the Obesity Research Strategic Core at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where he played a leading role in developing new national research directions and funding priorities. He authored the RFA that led to the establishment of the JHGCCO and the childhood obesity systems modeling network Envision.
Dr. Huang is currently one of the leading proponents on the integration of systems science and chronic disease prevention. He leads a national and global agenda on systems science education and research in public health, with a particular focus on childhood obesity, systems-oriented prevention strategies, and the translation of science to policy. He has published and lectured extensively on these topics. For his work with the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), which he co-founded, Dr. Huang received the DHHS Secretary’s Innovation Award in 2010 and the NIH Director’s Award in 2011. In 2013, he was named a UNMC Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Huang holds a PhD in Preventive Medicine and a Master of Public Health Degree in Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from McGill University.