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Vabren Watts, PhD

Director, Equity, Health Affairs

Dr. Watts is a national science/health communicator and health equity strategist with proven experience in enhancing visibility of high-profile organizations.

He has published in multiple peer-reviewed science and medical journals and authored more than 300 articles in news media outlets such as WebMD, Psychiatric News, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dr. Watts has a deep background in advocating for health equity for marginalized and minority populations, having served as a spokesperson on such topics for the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, American Psychiatric Association, and currently the health policy and health services journal Health Affairs, where he serves as Director of Health Equity.

Dr. Watts received a Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.