Columbia, SC -- June 15, 2012 -- Dr. Kimberly L. Peabody, Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Benedict College, has recently been appointed to The Nation's Health Advisory Committee. She will serve a two-year term as a member of the team. The committee is selected by the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to include members with a broad knowledge of public health and to secure a balanced representation of the various disciplines involved in public health.
The committee serves as an advisory board to the editorial staff of The Nation's Health, the APHA newspaper. The committee responds to specific charges generated through the editorial staff on issues that may include focus, editorial content, circulation, design, frequency or web presence. The composition of this seven-person group including a student member reflects major organizational program elements of APHA.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve in a way that improves public health," said Dr. Kimberly L. Peabody. Prior to joining Benedict College faculty in 2010, Dr. Peabody worked at James Madison University, Oklahoma State University and Texas Woman's University, where she taught health education and promotion. Currently, she is teaching Adult Health and Development, Health Education, Mental Health, Public Health Seminar I, Health and Aging, Contemporary Public Health Problems for African Americans and Junior Seminar II.
In addition, Dr. Peabody is currently working on two Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office on Women's Health funded projects, Project: Women Empowering with Love for Life and New Image: Beautiful Inside and Out. Her professional career outside of academia has expanded over 25 years in public health. The highlight of her professional career was her recruitment into the DHHS Emerging Leader Program and subsequently working as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During her career, she has coordinated programs for teens (Parenting for Success), children (Head Start), and families as well as diverse populations (women, infant, children, teens, disabled adults, elders, and college students).