Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH


Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H. is board certified in Family Medicine and has a master's degree in public health. She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine for the first 11 years of her 18 years in San Diego. She remains a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in the Department and is an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health. Her research interests have focused on women's health and included studies that assess risk factors and prevalence of cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis, in African-American women; she continues to be involved in research efforts at UCSD.

In June 2007, she was appointed as the Public Health Officer for the County. She is a County appointee to the HIV Community Planning Prevention Board, a commissioner of the First 5 Commission of San Diego, and a member of the California African-American HIV/AIDS Coalition. Dr. Wooten is also President of the San Diego Society of the National Medical Association (NMA), Trustee of NMA Region VI, and co-chair of the NMA Women's Health Section. Utilizing her public health background, she has assisted students with the research and evaluation component of an HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Program.

Dr. Wooten's current projects include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NCMHD), Comprehensive Research Center in Health Disparities (CRCHD) funded pilot project, which is described below.

Pilot Research

Dr. Wooten's study aims to assess the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of African Americans related to HIV/AIDS and to participation in related clinical trails by conducting a survey in the local African-American population using an assessment tool previously developed by Kemet. HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects people of color, specifically African Americans, including women and youth. By assessing the current state of knowledge and resource utilization, the results will inform the best way to reach this population, and will help local researchers identify and address recruitment barriers. The specific aims of this study are:

  1. To conduct key informant interviews and focus groups with African-American/Black (AA/B) females and males (separately) to determine if the previously developed tool is appropriate, accepted and effective at attaining the desired information.
  2. To administer the survey to 300 (150 male and 150 female) participants to assess knowledge, attitudes and beliefs in relation to HIV/AIDS and participation in clinical trials.
  3. To evaluate the results of the survey to determine areas of priority and types of barriers to participation.
  4. Based on survey data, to conduct in-depth key informant interviews to gain feedback on ways to better inform the AA/B community, foster access and use of HIV/AIDS resources, and foster participation in clinical trials.
  5. To utilize the study results to develop a best practices report informing health professionals and health marketing specialists about how to increase awareness, and utilization of resources; and to recruit and retain African Americans to participate in clinical trials.

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