Shanta Whitaker, Ph.D, MPH

Mentor. Blogger. Health Policy Wonk

Inspired by a desire to help and serve the most vulnerable, Dr. Shanta Whitaker left the laboratory bench and academia to pursue a career in public health. She obtained a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to understand how the social determinants of health affect minority populations. While at Hopkins, she completed a national study focused on educational attainment and diabetes outcomes in Hispanic and Black men. Currently, Dr. Whitaker is a Vice President in the health policy group at a boutique government affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Outside of work, Dr. Whitaker regularly blogs about health, relationships, and faith. She also mentors students and young professionals and volunteers in her community.

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It took me 21 years to muster up the courage to visit my father.

by Shanta Whitaker, Ph.D, MPH

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