Jody Engel was named Director of Communications of ODP in January 2013 after serving as the Acting Director of Communications for 2012. Ms. Engel provides strategic communication advice to the Associate Director for Prevention and the Director, ODP, and is the liaison on communications with the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services. She leads a team responsible for all communication and media activities for ODP, and directs the design, execution, and evaluation of the overall ODP public affairs, health information, and web and social media programs.
Previously, Ms. Engel served as a Nutritionist and the Director of Mobile and Social Media Communications in the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), an office within the ODP, from 2006 to 2013. As a member of the ODS Communications team, Ms. Engel worked to improve efforts to provide reliable, science-based information on dietary supplements and further expand the availability of information on dietary supplements and their use in promoting wellness. She initiated and led the ODS effort to design and develop a free ODS mobile app called My Dietary Supplements, or MyDS, to give consumers a convenient way to learn about dietary supplements and track the products they take. MyDS was one of the first mobile apps developed from within the federal government, and Ms. Engel has assisted many other federal government offices and agencies with their mobile app development projects. She received an NIH OD Honor Award for her work as part of the ODS Mobile Communications Team.
She is a member of the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus Advisory Group and is past chair of the NIH Staff Training and Extramural Programs (STEP) committee. Ms. Engel also served as chair of the Consumer Health Informatics Working Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Ms. Engel, a registered dietitian, has a Master’s degree from Tulane University in Applied Social Research and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in Dietetics.