Austin Professor Joins TMA Foundation Board

Sept. 11, 2017  

Steven H. Kelder, MPH, PhD, is Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and Associate Dean of the Austin Campus. Dr. Kelder is a public health researcher and has joined the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees.  He begins his three-year term at TMA Fall Conference in September, after being selected in May to serve.

TMAF, the philanthropic arm of TMA, raises funds to support the public health, quality of care, and science priority initiatives of the association and the family of medicine. TMAF raises funds and connects medicine, business, and community groups that carry out these programs at the local and state levels.

Dr. Kelder is co-founder of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and serves as a Beth Toby Grossman distinguished professor in Spirituality & Healing. Dr. Kelder is one of the lead investigators for the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), a national research-based program that guides schools, families and children in the process of being healthy, reaching more than a million Texas children.

He also served as a senior scientific editor of the 2016 Surgeon General’s report on e-cigarettes. The report declares e-cigarette use among American youth and young adults a major public health concern.

Dr. Kelder earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University. He completed his masters of public health in Community Health Education and a doctorate in Cardiovascular Behavioral Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Kelder joins the TMAF board of TMA physician members, TMA Alliance members (TMA physicians and spouses who work on TMA volunteer initiatives such as the outreach programs to improve health), and community leaders. Each member serves a three-year term and may be reappointed to serve two additional terms.

Some of the better-known programs TMAF supports include TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, Walk With a Doc Texas, Minority Scholarship Program, and Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The foundation also funds local health initiatives through community grants.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the population health, quality of care and science priority initiatives of TMA and the Family of Medicine.   

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.  

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September 12, 2017

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