Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.  is trained in Family Medicine and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC. In 1989, she completed Preventive Medicine Residency with emphasis in Sports Medicine in the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) program. After this one year training, Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 1990 to 2001. She remains a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in the department and is an Adjunct Professor at SDSU/GSPH. She has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serving as the Public Health Officer since February 2007. In her current role, she has oversight for almost 500 employees and a budget of approximately $100M, serving a county of 3.2 million residents. She is an ardent supporter of public health and has a strong interest in health disparities. Dr. Wooten is a Board member and past president (2011-13) of the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) and Board member and current President (2013-15) of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC). She is also a past Board member (2009-2011) of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Wooten began her three-year term on the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) of Directors in January 2012. She is also a member of the Regional Community Engagement Advisory Committee (RCEAC), the West Regional Operation for the National Children’s Study.