Baton Rouge, La. – De’Shoin A. York, Ph.D., has been appointed the Associate Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension.
Dr. York was appointed to the position during the Southern University Board of Supervisors’ meeting on January 10, 2020.
For the past 19 years, Dr. York has served as the Southern University Ag Center’s Nutrition, Health, and Wellness Specialist. In this role, she has designed and implemented nutrition, health, and wellness programming for the Center’s disadvantaged and low-income clientele. She also serves as Director for both the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) nutrition education programs.
Prior to coming to the Southern University Ag Center, York was a research assistant at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center where she worked on the well-known Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Study.
She also served as the Director of Dietary Services for BHC Meadow Wood Hospital as well as Special Programs Coordinator and Food Procurement Coordinator for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
York has written several journal articles and publications in the area of food and nutrition.
Recently, Dr. York was appointed to the Louisiana Statewide Clinical and Translational Science Center (LaCATS) Advisory Board. The board provides oversite to a unique statewide medical research consortium of 10 major academic and biomedical research centers within the state. The goal of the board is to facilitate clinical research to improve the health and healthcare of all Louisiana citizens, particularly those living with chronic diseases. The research focuses on addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes in some of Louisiana’s major health problems: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, aging and cognitive dysfunction.
Dr. York earned a Bachelor of Science, Human Foods and Nutrition; a Master’s of Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy, all from Southern University.