Jay Maddock, Ph.D., FAAHB, has led the research and evaluation arm of the Healthy Hawaii Initiative, a statewide Department of Health program to reduce chronic disease since 2000. Professor Maddock has extensive experience in system, environmental and policy research to improve population level risk factors including physical inactivity, tobacco use and poor nutrition in multiethnic, disparate communities. His work bridges both the research and practice communities. Dr. Maddock has been named the Bank of Hawaii Community Leader of the Year and received the Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association, Council on Affiliates. He has chaired the state board of health, co-authored the state physical activity and nutrition plan and was a charter member of the NIH study section on Community-Level Health Promotion. He is also the principal investigator on the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse and has served as an investigator on several NIH and Robert Wood Johnson funded studies. He is an author of over 85 scientific articles, and 150 chapters and abstracts on community level health promotion. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior. His research has been featured in several national media outlets including The Today Show, Eating Well, Prevention and Good Housekeeping. Dr. Maddock has given invited lectures in numerous countries including Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, El Salvador and Brazil and he holds honorary Professorships at two universities in China.