YMCA of the USA Hires Dr. Matt Longjohn to Lead Chronic Disease Prevention Efforts

CHICAGO (Dec. 16, 2010) – YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) today announces the hiring of Matt Longjohn, M.D., M.P.H., as Senior Director of Chronic Disease Prevention, effective Jan. 4, 2011. In this newly-created role, Longjohn will lead development and dissemination of innovative programs and initiatives in the area of chronic disease prevention, including diabetes, cancer survivorship and childhood obesity.

Longjohn, widely known as the founding executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), is a longtime champion in the public health profession, in particular childhood obesity prevention. Currently, he serves as a fellow at the Altarum Institute, an adjunct assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and as a public health program and policy development consultant to government agencies and foundations.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Longjohn to Y-USA," said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of Y-USA. "As an esteemed professional who has dedicated his career to addressing some of the nation’s most pressing health issues, Dr. Longjohn shares the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through improving health and well-being. His deep understanding and expertise in issues related to public health and childhood obesity will help the Y reach more children and adults who struggle to maintain healthy lifestyles."

As the leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is committed to supporting individuals as they adopt and maintain good health. Longjohn has a proven track record of success in this area. His work with organizations such as the Altarum, CLOCC, the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Chicago Public Schools, the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation led to many regulations, health policies and partnerships meant to improve the state of community health and curb chronic diseases.

"In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being," said Jonathan Lever, Vice President of Health Strategies and Innovation at Y-USA. "The passion and sophistication that Dr. Longjohn brings to our nonprofit will help Ys on the frontlines provide best-in-class services to those who need them most."

Longjohn holds a doctorate of medicine and master’s of public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a bachelor’s from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He and his family reside in Portage, Mich.

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YMCA of the USA
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

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