Shiriki K. Kumanyika PhD, MPH

Shiriki K. Kumanyika is Founder and Chair of the Council on Black Health (CBH), formerly the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, a national network of academic scholars and community research partners based in approximately 20 states around the nation.

Sheldon Oliver Watts PhD, MPH

Sheldon Oliver Watts is the National Director of the Council on Black Health (CBH), based at Drexel University, where he works on productivity, growth, marketing, impact, and organizational stability and the integration of these issues into school and university environments.


Our members are at the forefront of conducting research that challenges conventional wisdom related to changing health outcomes in Black communities. CBH will use research findings to develop and evaluate novel solutions that work in metropolitan areas with large Black populations as well as rural Black communities. We will make research actionable.