and health equity. Recently, Ms. Whitney-West was appointed to the Minnesota Health Exchange Advisory Task Force and serves on the board of directors for Urban Home Works, Twin Cities LISC and Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers. Ms. Whitney-West holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Minnesota.

Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., is board-certified in family medicine and trained in preventive medicine and public health. From 1990 to 2001, she practiced medicine as a faculty member of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She transitioned to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency in 2001, where she has served as the Public Health Officer since February 2007. In this position, she has oversight for approximately 500 employees with a budget of approximately $100 million serving a county of 3.1 million residents. She is an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) Graduate School of Public Health and a UCSD Volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Wooten obtained her undergraduate degree from Spelman College; master’s of public health and doctor of medicine degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; family medicine residency training from the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Program; and preventive medicine residency training from SDSU. Dr. Wooten is on the executive committee for the California Conference of County and City Local Health Officers, and is a board member for the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

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