Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP

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Dr. Wathington is the CEO of Commonsense Childbirth, Inc. She previously served as Dean of the College of Health Sciences (Bethune-Cookman University), Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs (University of South Florida College of Public Health), Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment (USF College of Medicine) and as the Director of Minority Health for the Florida Department of Health. She is currently an Affiliate Professor in the College of Public Health (USF Health) and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Wathington is a past chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. She has served on numerous boards, councils, and workgroups. She currently serves on the National Academies (of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) Committee on Gulf Health and Resilience and the board of Volusia Volunteers in Medicine. She previously served on the US Department of Health and Human Services National Partnership for Action Region IV Southeastern Health Equity Council and the National Partnership for Women and Families Listening to Mothers Advisory Group.

Dr. Wathington earned her MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School (now known as Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School), MPH from Temple University, and baccalaureate in Zoology and Physiology from Rutgers University. She completed residency training in Family Medicine at JFK Medical Center, NJ and Bayfront Medical Center, FL. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her practice and scholarly efforts have centered on health equity, clinical-community linkages, women’s health, maternal and child health disparities, equitable community development, community health initiatives, and expanding diversity within the health professions. She is co-editor of Black Women in Public Health: Strategies to Name, Locate, and Change Systems of Power published by SUNY Press.