Listee Features — Public Health


Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, knew she wanted a career in medicine by the time she was in high school. After graduating in a class of just 24 people, she joined Spelman College and completed a bachelor’s degree in biology. She went on to matriculate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Medicine by 1986. Between 1986 and 1989, she completed her family practice residency at Georgetown University and Providence Hospital before moving to San Diego, California, for a preventive medicine residency at the University of California San Diego. While she completed the residency in just a year, Dr. Wooten stayed on at UC San Diego

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Sandra Ham


Sandra Ann Ham is an epidemiologist, engineer, and biostatistics consultant serving clients independently as the owner of Sandra Ham Consulting. Ms. Ham holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and was inspired by her love of cooking to pursue a Master of Science in nutrition at Cornell University. While studying nutrition, she realized her passion for health sciences and discovered the field of nutritional epidemiology, which sparked an in-depth study of epidemiological research and modeling methods that would shape the rest of her career. Before studying nutrition, Ms. Ham spent three years as an environmental and safety specialist and plastics manufacturing engineer at Nu-Kote International and served as an adhesives manufacturing engineer with Bostik. From 1997

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Louise Doss Martin is an accomplished mental health and public health social worker who spent more than 50 years as a clinician, academic researcher and international consultant. Embarking on her studies at the University of Chicago, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science in 1959, followed by a Master of Arts in psychiatric social work in 1963. Notably, she was one of the youngest members of her class and one of the first African American women to receive a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. Ms. Martin was recognized for her achievements with the Top Alumni Award in 2022. Early on in her career, Ms. Martin served as the director of social work for the

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Asha George


Dr. Asha M. George is a public health and security expert with more than three decades of work in her field. Since 2018, she has been the executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, previously known as the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. As executive director, Dr. George is responsible for overseeing the Apollo program for biodefense and its staff, in addition to analyzing national risk-preparedness measures and mitigation protocols for biological weapons events, pandemics, and other biological outbreaks. Dr. George holds a Bachelor of Arts in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and earned her Master of Science in public health, with a focus on parasitology and laboratory practice, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel

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Deciding she wanted to pursue a career in health care while still in high school, Natalie A. Solomon-Brimage joined the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Africana studies and a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1999. She then completed graduate coursework at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before returning to the University of Pittsburgh and achieving Master of Public Health in behavioral and community health sciences in 2006. Beginning her career as a research analyst with Health Systems Research in 2000, she worked her way through her graduate studies as a graduate student researcher before becoming a public health fellow at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health in

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