Bloomberg Professor of American Health Dedication Ceremony
Focus AREA: Obesity & The Food System
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Yeeli is a Bloomberg Professor of American Health in Obesity and The Food System appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health.
Yeeli is a trans-disciplinary scholar dedicated to identifying public health solutions that build on community assets and strengths. Her research focus is to advance health equity through the lens of planning for food systems, transportation, and community development. Yeeli is leading a team of researchers and practitioners in Kerala, India, through Plan-REFUGE, a multi-country project in the Global South which aims to mitigate food and health inequities among small-scale farmers experiencing urbanization and climate change pressures. In the United States, she is evaluating the role of collective efficacy and collaborative governance models to drive policy and food systems change at the local level. Other ongoing projects include an evaluation of how regional scale plans address food equity; an assessment of food as healing through a therapeutic community gardens program for women and children living in secure residential facilities; and a study of neighborhood revitalization impacts on community health in Baltimore, MD.
Yeeli grew up in Bakersfield, CA. She holds a BS in Public Health Sciences and a MPH in Health Policy from Yale University. Yeeli also served as a Marketing and Communications Officer for the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) in Washington, DC, before receiving her PhD in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following her doctoral training, Yeeli completed two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the Community for Global Health Equity and School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Yeeli joined the Bloomberg faculty in October 2019.
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