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.