Jody Gan is an instructor in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Health Studies where she teaches Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Health Promotion, Multicultural Health, Lifetime Health and Fitness, and coordinates internships for public health students. With over 25 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating health programs at the local, state, and national levels, she enjoys sharing her experiences and passion for health and wellness with her students. Prior to joining the faculty at American University, Jody worked as a contractor to governmental health agencies developing health communication products and community outreach strategies for a range of health issues and programs, including obesity prevention, tobacco use, HIV/AIDS, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. A special interest of Jody’s is promoting health among young adults, and for more than a decade, she coordinated prevention programs for students at both the University of Maryland and American University. For the past two summers, Jody has traveled to a rural community in the mountains of Honduras to share her expertise and love for working with teens to improve their health. Jody is on the board of the Maryland Public Health Association and also contributes as a volunteer to a variety of health promotion efforts in the community.