B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Health and Sport Studies, Miami University (Oxford, OH)
M.P.H., Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
Emily Ann Callahan (formerly Miller) was the first student to complete the IHC certificate. Her passion for health communication comes from a desire to inspire people and organizations to adopt healthful behaviors and to help shape environments and policies to create a culture of health. Shortly after completing graduate school at UNC in 2008, she joined the Institute of Medicine (re-named in 2016 to the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) in Washington, DC, an independent, nonprofit organization that provides unbiased and authoritative advice to policy decision makers and the public. She provided project management and research support for reports and workshops focused on environmental and policy strategies for obesity prevention as well as strategies to reduce sodium intake. She was highly involved in the IOM’s partnership in The Weight of the Nation public health campaign, serving as a scientific content reviewer of the campaign’s multi-part HBO documentary series and all other campaign materials. In 2013, Emily joined the American Heart Association’s National Center office as the National Program Lead for the association’s Sodium Reduction Initiative. She managed the AHA sodium reduction strategy, including planning, coordinating, implementing, and collaborating on strategies and tactics related to nutrition policy and advocacy issues; consumer education and engagement campaigns; and scientific research translation and dissemination at the national, state and community levels. As part of AHA’s Healthy Living team she also supported a variety of the association’s nutrition initiatives. Emily spent six years providing nutrition counseling to adult patients at the Arlington (VA) Free Clinic, has delivered nutrition presentations to a variety of professional and consumer audiences, and has collaborated on and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed scientific publications. She also co-led a nine-person team on a short-term trip to Ethiopia to conduct health education and hygiene skills trainings in rural villages. In 2015 she opened EAC Health and Nutrition, LLC, a consultancy that helps organizations meet their health- and nutrition-related goals by providing health and nutrition policy research, content creation for health professionals and consumers, and science writing and research translation.