Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin D. Watkins has been elected president of the New York State Association of County Health Officials

“It is an honor to lead our 2020-21 board during these challenging times for public health,” Watkins said.

Watkins has been the public health director for the Cattaraugus County since November of 2009. He previously worked as a primary care physician, a research scientist, a public health physician and the director of a faith and health outreach association.

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Watkins serves as a local health department representative on the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council. He is a board member for several organizations, including the Western New York Public Health Alliance; the Southern Tier Health Care System Inc.; Universal Primary Care (Federally Qualified Health Center); Cattaraugus Community Action; Healthy Community Alliance and the Western New York Physicians Leadership Team.

Watkins received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois and received his doctor of medicine degree from Chicago Medical School.

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