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Pavela named Secretary in the Ethics Section of the APHA

August 11, 2016

Greg Pavela, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and member of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, has been elected Secretary in the Ethics Section in the American Public Health Association (APHA) recent elections. The APHA seeks to improve the health of individuals and communities using interventions and programs backed by scientific evidence. The recently created Ethics Section is “committed to advancing public health ethics in practice, teaching and research.”

Dr. Pavela’s term will begin November 3rd, following the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, centering this year on “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health,” to be held October 29 to November 2 in Denver, Colorado. At the gathering, he will have the opportunity to network and share experiences with other APHA members from the United States and other countries throughout the world who represent various fields of public health. In his role as Secretary, Dr. Pavela will help publicize the activities and accomplishments of section committees and individual members. He also hopes to “assist section leadership with efforts that build upon the rapid growth of the section since its official founding in 2014.”

His current research examines the environmental determinants of health and obesity and emphasizes the importance of early life conditions to later health. This course of investigation seeks to determine when and how environmental exposures “get under the skin” to affect human adiposity; to improve causal inferences about the effects of social status on adiposity; and to describe the reciprocal relationship between human physiology and the social environment.