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Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH
National Health Officer, YMCA of the USA

Matt Longjohn, M.D., M.P.H., is the National Health Officer at the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). In that capacity, he oversees a team of approximately 30 content experts and technical advisors who are charged with developing and disseminating evidence based programs and practices designed to advance the Y's Healthy Living goals. Programs and practices include: the Healthy Communities Initiatives (i.e., Community Transformation Grants, Pioneering Healthy Communities, and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer survivorship program, EnhanceFitness, childhood obesity prevention programs, chronic disease self-management programs, and programs to help individuals and families become aware of and obtain clinical preventive services. These efforts are almost entirely grant funded with significant re-grants to local Ys, and most are supported by Cooperative Agreements with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. In 2012, Longjohn led a successful effort to win a Cooperative Agreement with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to deliver the YMCA's DPP Medicare enrollees and to demonstrate a projected $25 million savings to Medicare over the next 5 years. Longjohn also played a leading strategic role in developing the Y's national commitment to bring 85% of 9,700+ early childhood and after school care programs into compliance with new healthy eating and physical activity standards. This commitment was announced with First Lady Michelle Obama in November 2011. He serves on a number of national advisory committees related to pediatric obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease prevention. In addition to his work with the Y, Dr. Longjohn is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Previously, he has served as the founding executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), a Fellow at the Altarum Institute where he directed early childhood obesity prevention projects in 9 states, and as a public health program and policy development consultant to foundations, non-profits, and government agencies. Longjohn received his bachelor's degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and his M.D. and M.P.H. from Tulane University. He lives in southwest Michigan with his wife and two boys.

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Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH
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