David R. Buys, PhD, MSPH, CPH is the State Health Specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion.
In his role as State Health Specialist for MSU Extension, Dr. Buys provides research-based health-related resources to Extension agents in each of Mississippi’s 82 Counties with a particular focus on the creating healthy home environments and prevention and management of chronic diseases. He directs the Extension Healthy Homes Initiative, the goal of which is to equip Mississippians with the knowledge they need to keep their indoor environments safe and healthy. The Initiative reaches individuals from across the life span and socio-economic spectrum.
As a researcher, he examines how food security and nutritional status affects older adults’ health-related outcomes; he has a substantial interest in the role of home and community-based services, including meals on wheels on older adults wellbeing. He has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, including in such journals as Public Health Nutrition; the American Journal of Public Health; Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences; the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Dr. Buys maintains an adjunct appointment in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine’s Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Medicine where he previously served on faculty. He is associate director of the Myrlie-Evers Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities based at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
He has formal training in medical sociology, health services research, and epidemiology from Mississippi College, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham; he is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Dr. Buys is also serving as President-elect of the Mississippi Public Health Association in 2017-2018 and will assume the presidency at the October 2018 meeting.