TITLE: Program Officer, Food & Community Program
FUNDING AREAS: Food insecurity, childhood health, and childhood obesity
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PROFILE: At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which focuses on children’s physical health, mental health, and education in the United States and abroad, Linda Jo Doctor helps guide its Food & Community Program. Her National Good Food Network bio shares:
Linda Jo Doctor is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she helps develop programming priorities, reviews and recommends proposals for funding, manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants, and designs and implements national grant initiatives, place-based work and multi-year projects.
As a member of the Food, Health & Well-Being team, her work focuses on the impact of environmental conditions on health equity. She co-leads the Food & Community Program, an initiative designed to transform food systems and the physical environments in places where children live, learn and play. In Michigan, Ms. Doctor co-leads the foundation’s placed-based work in Detroit focused on creating conditions so vulnerable children and families thrive.
Previously, Ms. Doctor was deputy director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Allies Against Asthma Program, housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also directed the Division of Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she provided leadership for statewide health promotion and prevention programs and interagency initiatives. She has worked in substance abuse prevention including managing a national training and technical assistance system supported by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Ms. Doctor received her Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in social work from the University of Cincinnati, College of Community Services.
She has had leadership roles in several professional associations including the Prevention Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Promotion Directors, and is a member of the American Public Health Association, and the Society of Public Health Education.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.