Passing of Antronette Yancey, MD, MPH

One of the most influential women physicians in the area of community and preventative medicine, has passed away.

Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey, 55, was a professor at the UCLA Field School of Public Health. According to her obituary in UCLA Newsroom, her many, many accomplishments include the following (quoted from the obituary):

– She was one of a handful of national thought leaders asked to serve on the board of directors of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the nonprofit that guided first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign

– Her 2010 book, “Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time,” zeroed in on the state of American fitness and health — persistently sedentary, plagued by obesity — and issued a call to action that reached across economic, racial and educational lines.

– Dr. Yancey co-founded the Fielding School’s UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, through which she championed the cause of social justice.

Yancey’s commitment to working in the community garnered her numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; a Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award from The California Wellness Foundation; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Black Women Physicians; an Award for Excellence from the American Public Health Association; the California State Assembly 47th District’s Woman of the Year honor; a Health Education Achievement and Leadership Award from the Henry Ford Health System; a WNBA Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Leslie Inspiring Women Award; a Joint Health Promotion Award from the California Public Health Association; and a Women Who Dared Award from the California Black Women’s Health Project, among others. In 2000, she was honored as one of the top 50 scholarship recipients in the 50-year history of the National Medical Fellowships.

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