Science Board Chair
Appointed November 2013
Term Ending: November 2014
Dr. Sonja Hutchins is a Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In that role she provides evidence-based advice on elimination of health disparities and achievement of health equity. She also serves as the office’s lead for public health preparedness and response and is a Captain in the US Public Health Service (PHS) with the mission to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the public.
From 2007-2010 Dr. Hutchins led the OMHHE’s preparedness and response efforts to protect and safeguard the health of vulnerable populations during an influenza pandemic. She has received numerous PHS honor and service awards, including Commendation Medals, an Achievement Medal, foreign duty service awards and the Outstanding Service Medal.
Dr. Hutchins has more than 27 years of experience as a Physician Epidemiologist at the CDC in preventing, controlling, and eliminating infectious diseases prevented through vaccination with approximately 70 publications on the topic. In this role, she led efforts to improve vaccination of low-income and racial and ethnic minority children, to eliminate disparities in childhood vaccination, to eliminate endemic measles in the United States, and to strengthen the nation’s preparedness for smallpox through surveillance. She has also served as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in countries in Africa and the Caribbean. She is board-certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and is an adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine.