Elected November 2017
Term Ending: November 2021
Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is the executive dean of the Petrock College of Health Sciences and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Bethune-Cookman University. She previously served as the associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs and the director of the Public Health Practice Program at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. She is a member of the Florida Public Health Association and has served as director of Minority Health for the Florida Department of Health. She has also served as the associate dean for Academic Enrichment at the USF College of Medicine, where she provided instruction across all four years of the curriculum and maintained a busy family medicine practice.
Wathington earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School (now known as Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School), Master of Public Health from Temple University, and baccalaureate in Zoology from Rutgers University. She completed residency training in Family Medicine at JFK Medical Center in New Jersey, and Bayfront Medical Center in Florida. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Wathington is a member of the APHA Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section, the Aging and Public Health Section, the Society for Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues, and the Board of the Black Caucus of Health Workers. She previously served on the Academic Public Health Caucus (selected as the Governing Council Representative for that Caucus in 2013) and the Medical Care Section. She was previously active with the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health, serving on the Education Committee, Public Health Practice Committee, Associate Deans for Academic Affairs, DrPH Community and Cultural Competency Workgroup, and the Framing the Future initiative. She currently serves on the NPA Region IV Southeastern Health Equity Council.
As an educator, Wathington has taught undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in Public Health, Medicine, and Pharmacy. She has been voted Outstanding Instructor and received an award of excellence from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In addition to the development and launch of multiple graduate programs in public health, she has engaged in numerous interprofessional health initiatives, including the creation of international and domestic joint degree programs, joint certificate programs, dual degree offerings, multidisciplinary courses, competency assessment modules, and a student portfolio system. She also served as co-project leader of the revision of medical school curriculum and development of a Master in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences. She maintains an affiliate professor appointment with USF COPH.
She brings over 30 years of experience in the field including service on multiple boards, panels and workgroups with emphasis on collaboration across multiple sectors to address community health, women’s health, health equity and advocacy. She is one of the founding members of the coalition formed to bring the first Federally Qualified Health Center to east Volusia County and led the effort to bring a free clinic for the working uninsured to B-CU in partnership with Volusia Volunteers in Medicine. She has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on federal, state, county and foundation grants. In addition to supporting research, this grant funding also addressed public health workforce and diversity issues through support of student tuition expenses. Her scholarly work includes peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters and panel reports. She is a member of the founding editorial board of the Journal of Healthcare Transformation.