Toni (Antronette K.) Yancey, MD, MPH was a professor in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. Dr. Yancey’s primary research interests were in chronic disease prevention and adolescent health promotion. She returned to academia full-time in 2001 after five years in public health practice, first as Director of Public Health for the city of Richmond, VA, and as Director of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Dr. Yancey authored more than 100 scientific publications, including briefs, book chapters, health promotion videos, and among those, more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and editorials. She generated more than $25 million in extramural funds, including four National Institutes of Health independent investigator (R01, R24) grants as principal investigator. She served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention and Health Literacy Roundtable, and National Physical Activity Plan Steering Committee. She chaired the Board of Directors of the Oakland, CA-based Public Health Institute.

Dr. Yancey completed her undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at Northwestern University, her medical degree at Duke, and her preventive medicine residency/MPH at UCLA. She was a basketball enthusiast and poet/spoken word artist published in the public health journals, Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and several newspapers. Her book of poetry An Old Soul with a Young Spirit: Poetry in the era of desegregation recovery, was published in 1997 and 2013. Her spoken word music CD, a collaboration with musicians Ciro Hurtado and Kim Jordan, was released in 2001. Since 2006, Dr. Yancey was a public health commentator for the local National Public Radio affiliate, KPCC. Her second book, Instant Recess: How to Build a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time (University of California Press, Berkeley, CA), was released in November of 2010.

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