NiCole R. Keith, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Adrian Bauman

NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM is a Research Scientist at Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute and a Professor of Kinesiology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Keith earned academic degrees from Howard University (B.S.), the University of Rhode Island (M.S.), and the University of Connecticut (Ph.D.). She specializes in community based participatory research with a focus on physical activity, health disparities, and health equity. Dr. Keith co-created Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS); a 13-year old partnership between public schools in Indianapolis, Eskenazi Health Federally Qualified Health Centers and IUPUI. This award-winning program provides exercise opportunities for over 3,000 Indianapolis residents. It also serves as a teaching, research and learning resource for faculty and students. Dr. Keith is a 2014-2016 American College of Sports Medicine vice president of Membership, Communication, Education, and Policy. In this role she is directly involved in strategic planning, best practices identification, and tactical partnerships of this over 50,000 member organization. Dr. Keith serves on the Executive Committee of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) - an alliance of national organizations that have joined forces to promote physical activity in Americans. She chairs the NPAP Diversity Committee responsible for examining the NPAP with a focus on issues related to health equity across all sectors. Her current research examines ways to improve physical fitness and health as individuals age. She has dedicated her career to positively influence health outcomes for socio-economically challenged community residents.  

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