Melody Goodman, PhD, an assistant professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and a research member of Siteman Cancer Center, has been appointed to the City of St. Louis Board of Health and Hospitals.
Mayor Francis Slay appointed Goodman, who will serve until 2019. In the role, she will advise the city health commissioner on public health matters.
“I am honored to be appointed to the Board of Health by Mayor Slay,” Goodman said. “This is a great opportunity to share what I am learning in my community-engaged public health research to help guide those doing public health practice.”
A biostatistician in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine, Goodman researches the origins of health disparities, especially in the St. Louis region. She develops evidence-based primary prevention strategies to reduce these health disparities. Goodman’s work has been instrumental in enhancing the infrastructure for community-academic partnerships and increasing the role of minority and medically underserved communities in research.