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Dr. Robert Black of Johns Hopkins University Joins Vitamin Angels’ Board

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – Robert Black, M.D., M.P.H, of Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed to the Vitamin Angels’ Board of Directors.

“I am honored to join the Board of Vitamin Angels, an organization that has saved lives and improved human development through provision of essential vitamins and minerals to populations in low- and middle-income countries. Sustaining this effort and expanding it to reach more of those in need of these essential nutrients is critical,” said Dr. Black.

Dr. Black is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health and Director of the Institute for International Programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.  Dr. Black is trained in medicine, infectious diseases and epidemiology.  He has served as a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and worked at institutions in Bangladesh and Peru on research related to childhood infectious diseases and nutritional problems.

As a member of the US Institute of Medicine and advisory bodies of the World Health Organization, the International Vaccine Institute, and other international organizations, he assists with the development of policies intended to improve child health.  He currently chairs the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group of the World Health Organization and UNICEF and the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative.  At present, Dr. Black has projects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Zanzibar.  He has more than 500 scientific journal publications and is co-editor of the textbook “Global Health.” 

Dr. Black is the recipient of the Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health in 2010, the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health in 2010 and the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award in 2011.

About Vitamin Angels

Vitamin Angels is dedicated to reducing child mortality worldwide by advancing availability, access and use of essential micronutrients, especially vitamin A, among at-risk populations. In 2012, Vitamin Angels reached nearly 27,000,000 children in 49 countries, including the US, with the vital nutrients they need as a foundation for good health. Vitamin Angels has received five consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator for Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency. To learn more, visit www.vitaminangels.org.