Antronette Yancey, M.D., M.P.H.

A Short Biography:

Toni (Antronette K.) Yancey, MD, MPH is currently a professor in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, and is Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. Dr. Yancey's primary research interests are in chronic disease prevention, with a focus on organizational practice and policy change, and adolescent health promotion. She returned to academia full-time in 2001 after five years in public health practice, first as Director of Public Health for the city of Richmond, VA, and as Director of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Dr. Yancey has authored more than 125 scientific publications, including briefs, book chapters, health promotion videos, and among those, 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and editorials. She has generated $30 million in extramural funds, including four NIH independent investigator (R01, R24) awards as principal investigator. She serves on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, and National Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee. From 2007-2009, during the CEO transition after retirement of the founder, she chaired the Board of Directors of the Oakland, CA-based Public Health Institute.

 Dr. Yancey completed her undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at Northwestern University where she was a starting center on the varsity basketball team, her medical degree at Duke, and her preventive medicine residency/MPH at UCLA. She is a poet/spoken word artist published in the public health journals, Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and in several newspapers. Her first book, a poetry and art "coffee table" collection An Old Soul with a Young Spirit: Poetry in the era of desegregation recovery, was published in 1997 and sold out of its first printing of 2000. Her spoken word music CD Renaissance Woman/Race Woman, was released in 2001. Since 2006, Dr. Yancey has been a public health commentator for the local NPR affiliate, KPCC. Her second book, Instant Recess: How to Build a Fit Nation for the 21st Century (University of California Press, Berkeley, CA), was released in November 2010, with accolades from Sen. Tom Harkin, former Surgeon Gen. David Satcher, Food Politics author Marion Nestle, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, and Diabesity author Fran Kaufman. Her work has been featured on PBS Tavis Smiley Show, NPR, ESPN, ABC, BET, CBS, BBC Radio, and Reuter's, and in Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, La Opinion, Wall St. Journal, and Investor's Business Daily.

Work Titles
M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1979 - 1982
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles, 1990 - 1991
B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1975 - 1979
1982 - 1984 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Honors and Awards:
2011 Henry Ford Health System, Health Education Achievement and Leadership Award
2011 UCLA School of Public Health, Alumni Hall of Fame Award
2010 WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, Lisa Leslie Inspiring Women Award
2009 Los Angeles Mu Chi Chapter, National Black Nurses' Association Community Service Award
2009 Los Angeles Women in NAACP, Los Angeles Women in NAACP Community Service Award
2005 California Public Health Association, North & Southern Public Health Association Joint Health Promotion Award
2001 California Black Women's Health Project, Women Who Dared Award
Certification Type:
2000 National Medical Fellowships, Celebrating 50

Contact Information:

Work Email Address:


Toni Yancey

Work Phone Number:

(310) 794-9284

Mailing Address:

UCLA School of Public Health
BOX 951772, 31-235 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Office Address:

10833 Le Conte Ave.
CHS A2-125
Los Angeles, CA 90095


A selected list of publications:

Taylor Wendell C, King Kathryn E, Shegog Ross, Paxton Raheem J, Evans-Hudnall Gina L, Rempel David M, Chen Vincent, Yancey Antronette K   Booster Breaks in the workplace: participants' perspectives on health-promoting work breaks Health education research, 2013; 28(3): 414-425.
Yancey Antronette K, Sallis Robert E, Bastani Roshan   Changing physical activity participation for the medical profession JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 2013; 309(2): 141-2.
Yancey Antronette Toni   Creating a healthy milieu for all. Essay on the current state and future of preventive medicine Preventive medicine, 2012; 55(6): 571-2.
Alhassan Sofiya, Nwaokelemeh Ogechi, Mendoza Albert, Shitole Sanyog, Whitt-Glover Melicia C, Yancey Antronette K   Design and baseline characteristics of the Short bouTs of Exercise for Preschoolers (STEP) study BMC public health, 2012; 12(6): 582.
Hopkins Jammie M, Glenn Beth A, Cole Brian L, McCarthy William, Yancey Antronette   Implementing organizational physical activity and healthy eating strategies on paid time: process evaluation of the UCLA WORKING pilot study Health education research, 2012; 27(3): 385-98.
Maxwell Annette E, Yancey Antronette K, AuYoung Mona, Guinyard Joyce J, Glenn Beth A, Mistry Ritesh, McCarthy William J, Fielding Jonathan E, Simon Paul A, Bastani Roshan   A midpoint process evaluation of the Los Angeles Basin Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the US (REACH US) Disparities Center, 2007-2009 Preventing chronic disease, 2011; 8(5): A115.
Whitt-Glover Melicia C, Ham Sandra A, Yancey Antronette K   Instant Recess®: a practical tool for increasing physical activity during the school day Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action, 2011; 5(3): 289-97.
Barr-Anderson Daheia J, AuYoung Mona, Whitt-Glover Melicia C, Glenn Beth A, Yancey Antronette K   Integration of short bouts of physical activity into organizational routine a systematic review of the literature American journal of preventive medicine, 2011; 40(1): 76-93.
Sorensen Glorian, Landsbergis Paul, Hammer Leslie, Amick Benjamin C, Linnan Laura, Yancey Antronette, Welch Laura S, Goetzel Ron Z, Flannery Kelly M, Pratt Charlotte, Pratt Charlotte   Preventing chronic disease in the workplace: a workshop report and recommendations American journal of public health, 2011; 101 Suppl 1(3): S196-207.
Yancey Antronette K, Grant David, Kurosky Samantha, Kravitz-Wirtz Nicole, Mistry Ritesh   Role modeling, risk, and resilience in California adolescents The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2011; 48(1): 36-43.
Yancey Antronette K, Cole Brian L, McCarthy William J   A graphical, computer-based decision-support tool to help decision makers evaluate policy options relating to physical activity American journal of preventive medicine, 2010; 39(3): 273-9.
Releford Bill J, Frencher Stanley K, Yancey Antronette K, Norris Keith   Cardiovascular disease control through barbershops: design of a nationwide outreach program Journal of the National Medical Association, 2010; 102(4): 336-45.
Releford Bill J, Frencher Stanley K, Yancey Antronette K   Health promotion in barbershops: balancing outreach and research in African American communities Ethnicity & disease, 2010; 20(2): 185-8.
Gosliner Wendi A, James Paula, Yancey Antronette K, Ritchie Lorrene, Studer Natalie, Crawford Patricia B   Impact of a worksite wellness program on the nutrition and physical activity environment of child care centers American journal of health promotion : AJHP, 2010; 24(3): 186-9.
Samuels Sarah E, Craypo Lisa, Boyle Maria, Crawford Patricia B, Yancey Antronette, Flores George   The California Endowment's Healthy Eating, Active Communities program: a midpoint review American journal of public health, 2010; 100(11): 2114-23.
Yancey Antronette, Winfield David, Larsen Judi, Anderson Michele, Jackson Portia, Overton Jeff, Wilson Shawn, Rossum Allen, Kumanyika Shiriki   "Live, Learn and Play": building strategic alliances between professional sports and public health Preventive medicine, 2009; 49(4): 322-5.
Yancey Antronette K, Cole Brian L, Brown Rochelle, Williams Jerome D, Hillier Amy, Kline Randolph S, Ashe Marice, Grier Sonya A, Backman Desiree, McCarthy William J   A cross-sectional prevalence study of ethnically targeted and general audience outdoor obesity-related advertising The Milbank quarterly, 2009; 87(1): 155-84.
Hinkle Arnell J, Mistry Ritesh, McCarthy William J, Yancey Antronette K   Adapting a 1% or less milk campaign for a Hispanic/Latino population: the Adelante Con Leche Semi-descremada 1% experience American journal of health promotion : AJHP, 2009; 23(2): 108-11.
Hillier Amy, Cole Brian L, Smith Tony E, Yancey Antronette K, Williams Jerome D, Grier Sonya A, McCarthy William J   Clustering of unhealthy outdoor advertisements around child-serving institutions: a comparison of three cities Health & place, 2009; 15(4): 935-45.
Whitt-Glover Melicia C, Taylor Wendell C, Floyd Myron F, Yore Michelle M, Yancey Antronette K, Matthews Charles E   Disparities in physical activity and sedentary behaviors among US children and adolescents: prevalence, correlates, and intervention implications Journal of public health policy, 2009; 30 Suppl 1(6): S309-34.
Lampkin Andy, Yancey Antronette, Wilson Colwick, Fraser Gary E   For the patient. Why do only some Seventh-Day Adventists participate in research studies? Ethnicity & disease, 2009; 19(4): 479.
Kumanyika Shiriki K, Yancey Antronette K   Physical activity and health equity: evolving the science American journal of health promotion : AJHP, 2009; 23(6): S4-7.
Yancey Antronette K, Sallis James F   Physical activity: Cinderella or Rodney Dangerfield? Preventive medicine, 2009; 49(4): 277-9.
Dorfman Lori, Yancey Antronette K   Promoting physical activity and healthy eating: convergence in framing the role of industry Preventive medicine, 2009; 49(4): 303-5.
Lampkin Andy, Yancey Antronette, Wilson Colwick, Fraser Gary E   Regional differences in attitudes that may affect health behavior and willingness to participate in research among Black Seventh-day Adventists Ethnicity & disease, 2009; 19(4): 439-46.
Mistry Ritesh, McCarthy William J, Yancey Antronette K, Lu Yao, Patel Minal   Resilience and patterns of health risk behaviors in California adolescents Preventive medicine, 2009; 48(3): 291-7.
Yancey Antronette K   The meta-volition model: organizational leadership is the key ingredient in getting society moving, literally! Preventive medicine, 2009; 49(4): 342-51.
Yancey Antronette K, Herring R Patti, Fraser Gary E, Yan Ru, Baker Phyllip, Lampkin Andrew, Kyle James   Black art posters, an incentive to increase study enrollment among Blacks in a large cohort study Preventive medicine, 2008; 46(4): 370-3.
McCarthy William J, Yancey Antronette K, Siegel Judith M, Wong Weng Kee, Ward Andriette, Leslie Joanne, Gonzalez Eloisa   Correlation of obesity with elevated blood pressure among racial/ethnic minority children in two Los Angeles middle schools Preventing chronic disease, 2008; 5(2): A46.
Lara Agustin, Yancey Antronette K, Tapia-Conye Roberto, Flores Yvonne, Kuri-Morales Pablo, Mistry Ritesh, Subirats Elena, McCarthy William J   Pausa para tu Salud: reduction of weight and waistlines by integrating exercise breaks into workplace organizational routine Preventing chronic disease, 2008; 5(1): A12.
Kratz Richard E, Ponce Ninez A, Yancey Antronette K   Process evaluation of the Los Angeles Unified School District Nutrition Network Preventing chronic disease, 2008; 5(2): A42.
Gilliland M Janice, Windle Michael, Grunbaum Jo Anne, Yancey Antronette, Hoelscher Deanna, Tortolero Susan R, Schuster Mark A   Body image and children's mental health related behaviors: results from the healthy passages study Journal of pediatric psychology, 2007; 32(1): 30-41.
Yancey Antronette K, Kumanyika Shiriki K   Bridging the Gap: understanding the structure of social inequities in childhood obesity American journal of preventive medicine, 2007; 33(4 Suppl): S172-4.
Montgomery Susanne, Herring Patti, Yancey Antronette, Beeson Larry, Butler Terry, Knutsen Synnove, Sabate Joan, Chan Jacqueline, Preston-Martin Susan, Fraser Gary   Comparing self-reported disease outcomes, diet, and lifestyles in a national cohort of black and white Seventh-day Adventists Preventing chronic disease, 2007; 4(3): A62.
Yancey Antronette K, Fielding Jonathan E, Flores George R, Sallis James F, McCarthy William J, Breslow Lester   Creating a robust public health infrastructure for physical activity promotion American journal of preventive medicine, 2007; 32(1): 68-78.
McCarthy William J, Yancey Antronette K, Harrison Gail G, Leslie Joanne, Siegel Judith M   Fighting cancer with fitness: dietary outcomes of a randomized, controlled lifestyle change intervention in healthy African-American women Preventive medicine, 2007; 44(3): 246-53.
Wilcox Sara, Laken Marilyn, Bopp Melissa, Gethers Octavia, Huang Peng, McClorin Lottie, Parrott Allen W, Swinton Rosetta, Yancey Antronette   Increasing physical activity among church members: community-based participatory research American journal of preventive medicine, 2007; 32(2): 131-8.
Yancey Antronette K, Tomiyama A Janet   Physical activity as primary prevention to address cancer disparities Seminars in oncology nursing, 2007; 23(4): 253-63.
Yancey Antronette Toni   Physical activity program for preschool children fails to reduce body mass index The Journal of pediatrics, 2007; 150(5): 561.
Akbar Jabar A, Jaceldo-Siegl Karen, Fraser Gary, Herring R Patti, Yancey Antronette   The contribution of soul and Caribbean foods to nutrient intake in a sample of Blacks of US and Caribbean descent in the Adventist Health Study-2: a pilot study Ethnicity & disease, 2007; 17(2): 244-9.
Wilcox Sara, Laken Marilyn, Anderson Thaje, Bopp Melissa, Bryant Deborah, Carter Rickey, Gethers Octavia, Jordan Jeannette, McClorin Lottie, O'Rourke Kathleen, Parrott Allen W, Swinton Rosetta, Yancey Antronette   The health-e-AME faith-based physical activity initiative: Description and baseline findings Health promotion practice, 2007; 8(1): 69-78.
Sloane David, Nascimento Lori, Flynn Gwendolyn, Lewis LaVonna, Guinyard Joyce Jones, Galloway-Gilliam Lark, Diamant Allison, Yancey Antronette K   Assessing resource environments to target prevention interventions in community chronic disease control Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2006; 17(2 Suppl): 146-58.
Yancey Antronette K, McCarthy William J, Harrison Gail G, Wong Weng Kee, Siegel Judith M, Leslie Joanne   Challenges in improving fitness: results of a community-based, randomized, controlled lifestyle change intervention Journal of women's health (2002), 2006; 15(4): 412-29.
Yancey Antronette K, Ory Marcia G, Davis Sally M   Dissemination of physical activity promotion interventions in underserved populations American journal of preventive medicine, 2006; 31(4 Suppl): S82-91.
Yancey Antronette K, Ortega Alexander N, Kumanyika Shiriki K   Effective recruitment and retention of minority research participants Annual review of public health, 2006; 27(4): 1-28.
Yancey Antronette K, Simon Paul A, McCarthy William J, Lightstone Amy S, Fielding Jonathan E   Ethnic and sex variations in overweight self-perception: relationship to sedentariness Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 2006; 14(6): 980-8.
Bopp Melissa, Wilcox Sara, Laken Marilyn, Butler Kimberly, Carter Rickey E, McClorin Lottie, Yancey Antronette   Factors associated with physical activity among African-American men and women American journal of preventive medicine, 2006; 30(4): 340-6.
Marcus Bess H, Williams David M, Dubbert Patricia M, Sallis James F, King Abby C, Yancey Antronette K, Franklin Barry A, Buchner David, Daniels Stephen R, Claytor Randal P, Claytor Randal P, Claytor Randal P, Claytor Randal P   Physical activity intervention studies: what we know and what we need to know: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism (Subcommittee on Physical Activity); Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; and the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Circulation, 2006; 114(24): 2739-52.
Yancey Antronette K, Kagawa-Singer Marjorie, Ratliff Pamela, Valdez Annalyn, Jiménez Laura, Banks Priscilla, Stewart Susan, Roe Kathleen M, Pasick Rena J   Progress in the pipeline: replication of the minority training program in cancer control research Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, 2006; 21(4): 230-6.
Yancey Antronette K, Lewis Lavonna Blair, Guinyard Joyce Jones, Sloane David C, Nascimento Lori Miller, Galloway-Gilliam Lark, Diamant Allison L, McCarthy William J   Putting promotion into practice: the African Americans building a legacy of health organizational wellness program Health promotion practice, 2006; 7(3 Suppl): 233S-46S.
Yancey Antronette   Tackling childhood obesity: requires a shift in social norms, not just an exercise programme BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 2006; 333(7577): 1031-2.
Lewis LaVonna Blair, Sloane David C, Nascimento Lori Miller, Diamant Allison L, Guinyard Joyce Jones, Yancey Antronette K, Flynn Gwendolyn, Flynn Gwendolyn   African Americans' access to healthy food options in South Los Angeles restaurants American journal of public health, 2005; 95(4): 668-73.
Yancey Antronette K, Robinson Robert G, Ross Robert K, Washington Reginald, Goodell Heather R, Goodwin Norma J, Benjamin Elisabeth R, Langie Rosa G, Galloway James M, Carroll L Natalie, Kong B Waine, Leggett Christopher J W B, Williams Richard Allen, Wong Michael J, Wong Michael J   Discovering the full spectrum of cardiovascular disease: Minority Health Summit 2003: report of the Advocacy Writing Group Circulation, 2005; 111(10): e140-9.
Yancey Antronette K   Building capacity to prevent and control chronic disease in underserved communities: expanding the wisdom of WISEWOMAN in intervening at the environmental level Journal of women's health (2002), 2004; 13(5): 644-9.
Yancey Antronette K, Lewis Lavonna B, Sloane David C, Guinyard Joyce Jones, Diamant Allison L, Nascimento Lori M, McCarthy William J   Leading by example: a local health department-community collaboration to incorporate physical activity into organizational practice Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP, 2004; 10(2): 116-23.
Yancey Antronette K, Wold Cheryl M, McCarthy William J, Weber Mark D, Lee Benedict, Simon Paul A, Fielding Jonathan E   Physical inactivity and overweight among Los Angeles County adults American journal of preventive medicine, 2004; 27(2): 146-52.
Yancey Antronette K   Poor attendance, poor outcomes: challenges facing the underserved Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, 2004; 24(5): 313-6.
Yancey Antronette K, Kumanyika Shiriki K, Ponce Ninez A, McCarthy William J, Fielding Jonathan E, Leslie Joanne P, Akbar Jabar   Population-based interventions engaging communities of color in healthy eating and active living: a review Preventing chronic disease, 2004; 1(1): A09.
Yancey Antronette K, McCarthy William J, Taylor Wendell C, Merlo Angela, Gewa Constance, Weber Mark D, Fielding Jonathan E   The Los Angeles Lift Off: a sociocultural environmental change intervention to integrate physical activity into the workplace Preventive medicine, 2004; 38(6): 848-56.
Herring Patti, Montgomery Susanne, Yancey Antronette K, Williams David, Fraser Gary   Understanding the challenges in recruiting blacks to a longitudinal cohort study: the Adventist health study Ethnicity & disease, 2004; 14(3): 423-30.
Crawford Patricia B, Gosliner Wendi, Strode Poppy, Samuels Sarah E, Burnett Claudia, Craypo Lisa, Yancey Antronette K   Walking the talk: Fit WIC wellness programs improve self-efficacy in pediatric obesity prevention counseling American journal of public health, 2004; 94(9): 1480-5.
Yancey Antronette K, Cochran Susan D, Corliss Heather L, Mays Vickie M   Correlates of overweight and obesity among lesbian and bisexual women Preventive medicine, 2003; 36(6): 676-83.
McCarthy William J, Arpawong Thalida Em, Dietsch Barbara J, Yancey Antronette K   Effects of exercise and weight loss on hypertension JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 2003; 290(7): 885; author reply 886-7.
Yancey Antronette K, Jordan Audrey, Bradford Judith, Voas Jeanette, Eller Theresa J, Buzzard Marilyn, Welch Michael, McCarthy William J   Engaging high-risk populations in community-level fitness promotion: ROCK! Richmond Health promotion practice, 2003; 4(2): 180-8.
Thompson Paul D, Buchner David, Pina Ileana L, Balady Gary J, Williams Mark A, Marcus Bess H, Berra Kathy, Blair Steven N, Costa Fernando, Franklin Barry, Fletcher Gerald F, Gordon Neil F, Pate Russell R, Rodriguez Beatriz L, Yancey Antronette K, Wenger Nanette K, Wenger Nanette K, Wenger Nanette K   Exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: a statement from the Council on Clinical Cardiology (Subcommittee on Exercise, Rehabilitation, and Prevention) and the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism (Subcommittee on Physical Activity) Circulation, 2003; 107(24): 3109-16.
Sloane David C, Diamant Allison L, Lewis LaVonna B, Yancey Antronette K, Flynn Gwendolyn, Nascimento Lori Miller, McCarthy William J, Guinyard Joyce Jones, Cousineau Michael R, Cousineau Michael R   Improving the nutritional resource environment for healthy living through community-based participatory research Journal of general internal medicine, 2003; 18(7): 568-75.
Mays Vickie M, Yancey Antronette K, Cochran Susan D, Weber Mark, Fielding Jonathan E   Heterogeneity of health disparities among African American, Hispanic, and Asian American women: unrecognized influences of sexual orientation American journal of public health, 2002; 92(4): 632-9.
Yancey Antronette K, Siegel Judith M, McDaniel Kimberly L   Role models, ethnic identity, and health-risk behaviors in urban adolescents Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2002; 156(1): 55-61.

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