Symposium 2021: Keynote Address

Utilizing GIS to Promote Health Research, Advocacy, and Social Justice

Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr. 

Dr. Jack has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) since 2016. Prior, he was the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Community Health (DCH) in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He has also held academic leadership and faculty roles at Xavier University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s School of Public Health, and Jackson State University.

Dr. Jack has been recognized for his contributions in advancing the discipline of behavioral health, behavioral science, health education, and health promotion.  In 2011, he received the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Distinguished Fellow Award, the society’s highest award recognizing individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to SOPHE, the profession of health education, and public health.  In 2016, he received the Alumni Recognition Award from The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development, an award given to an alumnus/alumna who demonstrates professional excellence and exemplary voluntary community involvement in a health and human development field.