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Sandra M. Witt joined the Building Healthy Communities initiative of The California Endowment (TCE) in August 2011 as Healthy Communities Program Director for Northern California. Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10 year, $1 billion comprehensive community initiative, launched in 2010 to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California’s communities most devastated by poor health and health inequities into places where all people have an opportunity to thrive. Dr. Witt works closely with her counterpart in Southern California, under the direction of the TCE Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities, to advance the vision, strategic direction and to meet goals and outcomes of the place-based BHC efforts in Northern California.
Prior to joining The California Endowment, Dr. Witt served as the Deputy Director of Planning, Policy and Health Equity for the Alameda County Public Health Department where she was responsible for ensuring that programs and policies were effective, accurate and responsive to County residents, and consistent with the goal of eliminating health inequities in the County.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of public health, Dr. Witt has served in a variety of posts including as an epidemiologist community researcher, public health consultant, and as a health and development program officer and consultant for the International Development Research Centre in Canada. Dr. Witt is active in local, regional and national advancing health equity efforts. Dr. Witt earned a Dr.PH. in Maternal and Child Health from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Latin American Studies/Anthropology. She is an Inter-American Foundation and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.