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Johnson-Taylor Joins NIDDK Division

Dr. Wendy Johnson-Taylor has joined NIDDK's Division of Nutrition Research Coordination (DNRC) as a public health nutrition and health policy advisor. She is contributing to DNRC's leadership role for the nutrition and overweight focus of Healthy People 2010 and follow-up actions to the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity 2001.

Most recently she coordinated the development of an article, "Summary of the 2000 Surgeon General's Listening Session: Toward a National Action Plan on Overweight and Obesity," which complements the Surgeon General's Call to Action. The article was published in the December 2002 issue of Obesity Research. She serves on trans-NIH and DHHS work groups that examine issues related to community-based participatory research, health disparities and summary of health measures.

Dr. Wendy Johnson-Taylor
Prior to working at NIH, Johnson-Taylor was an assistant professor at Morgan State University, where she taught courses in health politics, policy, advocacy and ethics. She was also an adjunct member of the nutrition faculty at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Central University.

From 1991 to 1998, Johnson-Taylor was the coordinator of clinical dietetics at UNC's hospital, where she managed the clinical nutrition services for patients and supervised staff dietitians.

Her major research interests include effectiveness of community-based nutrition initiatives and whether these interventions decrease health disparities.

Johnson-Taylor earned a M.P.H. in nutrition and a Ph.D. in nutrition and health policy administration from UNC. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and a member of the American Public Health Association.

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