Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP


Deanna WathingtonDeanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP currently serves as the Dean of the Petrock College of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Bethune-Cookman University. She is a professor, public health practitioner, and family physician. She previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of South Florida College of Public Health and as Director of Minority Health for the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Wathington 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 with a focus on public health.

Dr. Wathington earned her doctorate of medicine 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 degree from Temple University, and baccalaureate in zoology from Rutgers University. She completed residency training in Family Medicine at JFK Medical Center, NJ and Bayfront Medical Center, FL. Dr. Wathington is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

She currently serves on the APHA Community Health Planning and Policy Development section, the Aging and Health section, the Society for Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues and the Board of the Black Caucus of Health Workers. She was previously active with the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health, serving on the Education Committee, the Public Health Practice Coordinators Council, the Associate Deans for Academic Affairs, and the Population Health in All Professions Panel.  

Dr. Wathington 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 editorial board of the Journal of Healthcare Transformation. She is one of the founding members of the coalition formed to bring the first Federally Qualified Health Center to Daytona Beach and led the effort to bring a free clinic for the working uninsured to B-CU in partnership with Volusia Volunteers in Medicine. She is a recipient of the DHPE Health Promotion and Advocacy award and AAMC Award of Excellence.  

Candidate Statement

I would be honored to serve APHA as member of the Executive Board. I am a public health practitioner, a family medicine physician, and an educator. At this time, I serve as the Dean of the Petrock College of Health Sciences and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Bethune-Cookman University.    

It has been a pleasure to serve in various capacities over the years within APHA. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Black Caucus of Health Workers (member for eight years) and am a member of Society for Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues. I have been an ongoing member of the APHA Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section as well as the Aging and Public Health Section. I previously served on the Academic Public Health Caucus (member for five years) and was named the Governing Council Representative for that Caucus in 2013. I have also served as a previous member of the Medical Care Section.

I look forward to applying my years of experience in policy, advocacy, and academia to the public health issues facing us in this new era. Among the myriad of issues arising with advent of the new administration, APHA members are remaining resolute and steadfast in our call for a logical and just HEALTH system. Our members understand that this “system” is not merely about delivery of, or access to, health "care", but that it actually encompasses all of the factors we now know impact health, happiness, and long life. The responsibilities of the Executive Board include accurate representation and expression of our membership and our public health agenda. It would be my honor to stand with you as we, the scientists, practitioners and advocates of optimal health for every American, continue to uphold the tenets of our 145-year-old journey.

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