About Megan Govindan
Dr. Govindan is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is dedicated to using evidence-based research to cultivate healthier communities in West Virginia. Improving the lives of her fellow West Virginians is a personal passion for Megan.
- PhD, Human & Community Development, West Virginia University
- MPH, Social & Behavioral Sciences, West Virginia University
- MS, Animal & Nutritional Sciences, West Virginia University
- BS, Family & Consumer Sciences, Human Nutrition & Foods, West Virginia University
Govindan, M. Exploring the Perceptions of Produce Processors Operating in Non-Profit Commercial Kitchens in West Virginia. West Virginia University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2021.
Berry, M. Govindan, M, Verlinden, S. Taylor, R. Investigation into Composting Efforts at West Virginia University. West Virginia University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018.
Fink, D. Govindan, M. Tou, J. Taylor, R. The Effect of an Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team on the Nutritional Status of Elderly Patients in Acute and Post-Acute Care. West Virginia University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018.
Haney, J. Govindan, M. Boone, D. Blemings, K. Managing diabetes in children with disabilities: best practices & barriers. West Virginia University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2008.
Govindan M. Youth Health Promotion in West Virginia: The Helping H.A.N.D. (Health Awareness & Nutritious Decisions) program. West Virginia University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2008.
Govindan M. Developing a nutrition education program for low income mothers: The Helping H.A.N.D. Cooking Club. West Virginia University, ProQuest Dissertation Publishing, 2009.
- Wallace Center at Winrock International - Institutional Investment - Accelerator (2021)
- West Virginia University - I Heart Demo Day - 3rd place - Conscious Harvest Cooperative (2019)
- West Virginia University - Nick Evans Faculty Advising Excellence Award - Nominee (2019)
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Marianne Smith Edge Award (2017)
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Hunger and Environmental Didactic Practice Group – Award for Leadership in Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (2017)
- Empty Bowls Monongalia County – Service Award (2017)
- West Virginia University – Climb Higher Nominee (2017)
- West Virginia University – Women and Gender Studies: Alma and Claude Rowe Excellence through Equity Award (2016)
- West Virginia University - Nick Evans Faculty Advising Excellence Award - Nominee (2016)
- Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Didactic Practice Group – Speakers Bureau Award (2016)
- West Virginia University – Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design – Outstanding Teacher Award (2011)
- President’s Volunteer Service Award (2010)
- Board Member, Take Back Our Health West Virginia! Collective Impact for obesity prevention with SNAP-ED Evaluation Framework (2021-present).
- Advisory Council Member, West Virginia University Office of Health Promotion & Wellness (2020-present).
- President, West Virginia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (2019-2020).
- President-Elect, West Virginia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (2018-2019).
- Committee Member, National Farm to Institution Collaborative Steering Committee, (2018-present).
- Steering Committee Member, West Virginia Farm to School Strategic Plan, (2018-present).
- Committee Member - Carnegie Service Classification Committee at West Virginia University (2018-2019)
- Summer Faculty Member, West Virginia Health Sciences & Technology Academy (June 2013 - 2018).
- Faculty Steering Committee - Center for Service & Learning at West Virginia University (2014-2019).
- Faculty Advisor, West Virginia University - Community of Practice Group - Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine (2017-2019).
- Mid-Block Instructor, Culinary Medicine - Med Chef Rotation, West Virginia University School of Medicine (2014-2018).
- Council on Professional Issues West Virginia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (2017-2018).
About Megan Govindan
In her role with the Office of Health Affairs, Dr. Govindan provides research and evaluation support to WVU Health System hospitals and the Monongalia County Health Department. Her work focuses on conducting Community Health Needs Assessments and developing Community Health Implementation Plans to meet provisions in the Affordable Care Act. She also serves as Principal Investigator for the 2021-2026 USDA Agriculture Workforce Training program, Shared Use Kitchen Internship and Network as well as the Community Health Needs Assessments Project.
Prior to joining the Office of Health Affairs, Dr. Govindan served WVU as a faculty member for 13 years. She recently worked as the Director of Community Leadership and Social Action at the WVU Center for Resilient Communities where she led the Health Equity Lab. Dr. Govindan has extensive experience in food systems and using research to connect community health advocates, public health professionals, and public advocacy groups.