John is a professor of health communication in the University of Waikato’s Management School. He uses community-engaged research to collaboratively work with communities to address various health issues to improve health equity. His current work includes the collaborative development of interventions with 3 Māori health and social service organisations related to housing (He Kāinga Pai Rawa, Building Better Homes Towns & Cities National Science Challenge) and with 11 Māori health organisations on positive ageing (Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Pōī, Ageing Well National Science Challenge). He is also part of a US NIH-funded project to examine promising practices in community-engaged research (Engage for Equity). His team’s work on developing a Māori implementation framework was funded by the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge. He is originally from the US (New Mexico) and has two teenage sons.