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Winnie Willis

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Winnie Willis

Professor Emeritus, Public Health; Board Member
San Diego State University; California Endowment
Expertise: 
maternal and child health services, development and evaluation
academics vs. practice in public health
pregnant women and pesticide exposure
infant mortality in African-Americans
quality of clinical services for breast and cervical cancer
health professions manpower training

Biography

Winnie O. Willis is California Endowment board member and a professor emeritus of public health at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health, with a specialization in maternal and child health services, development and evaluation. From 1994 to 2000, she was director of SDSU's Institute for Public Health, an organization working to bridge the gap between academics and practice in the public health arena. Prior to joining the GSPH faculty in 1984, she was an assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on pregnant women and pesticide exposures, infant mortality in African-Americans, quality of clinical services for breast and cervical cancer, and public health professions manpower training. In addition, she has worked as a consultant to the departments of health in Michigan, Massachusetts, Arizona and California. Willis received her Sc.D. in maternal and child health from Johns Hopkins University in 1982 and her M.Ed. in health education at Boston University in 1970.

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