Dean Jay Maddock, Texas A&M School of Public Health, has been appointed to the Cooperative Extention System/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health National Leadership Steering Committee.
[Photo: Dean Jay Maddock]
RWJF is partnering with land-grant universities/ Cooperative Extension System and the National 4-H Council in a Culture of Health Initiative, which aims to improve the health of 1,000 communities across the country over the next 10 years. The initiative will focus on empowering community-based Health Councils to develop and implement action plans that ensure all community members are healthier at every stage of life, with an emphasis on engaging youth in efforts to address their communities’ top public health priorities.
“The Cooperative Extension System with its long standing roots in rural America has the potential to address major public health issues facing the country from obesity and diabetes to the opiod epidemic. I am delighted to be able to contribute to this effort,” said Dr. Maddock.
Dean Maddock is internationally recognized for his research in social ecological approaches to increasing physical activity. He has served as principal investigator on more than $18 million in extramural funding and is an author of more than 100 scientific articles. He assumed leadership of the Texas A&M School of Public Health in February 2015.