Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work focuses on addressing racial/ethnic and social inequities in obesity and chronic diseases through community-engaged interventions and pursuing cross-sector collaborations to implement and disseminate programs and policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity. One of her recent studies focused on empowering youth to reduce sugary drinks and obesity risk in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has generated over $1 million in federal and foundation funding for her program of research and published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. As an expert in curriculum development and online education, Dr. Wang has developed and taught graduate courses (traditional and hybrid) at Harvard and Boston University since 2010. She has received numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine Early Investigator Award and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award. At the national level, she serves as Chair of the Civic and Public Engagement Committee in the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Mayors are key public health actors, often playing an important role in shaping social determinants - from housing to education to the physical urban environment. But how do mayors perceive the health of their communities and approach their role in promoting healthy places?