William Potts-Datema, DrPH, MS, MCHES®, FASHA, FAAHE
Dr. William Potts-Datema has served in education and public health for 40 years,
including service from local to international levels. He has held several national
leadership positions in the United States including Chief of the Program Development
and Services Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division
of Adolescent and School Health, Director of Partnerships for Children’s Health at the
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, and Executive
Director of the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education in
Dr. Potts-Datema is an adjunct professor in the School Health Education graduate
program of Southern Connecticut State University. He also consults for government
agencies and national non-profit organizations and is the United States representative to
the UNESCO Chair for Global Health and Education.
He serves as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education,
Treasurer of the Society for Public Health Education, and board member of the National
Commission for Health Education Credentialing, RMC Health, and the Missouri State
University Alumni Association. He previously served on the international boards of
ASCD and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education; the national
boards of the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), American School Health
Association (ASHA), and American Association for Health Education (AAHE); and as
chair of the national board and a founding board member of Action for Healthy Kids.
He holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia, and Master of
Science and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees from Missouri State University.
Dr. Potts-Datema has presented in 48 U.S. states and 12 other nations, and he has
authored and contributed to numerous publications. He is a fellow of ASHA and AAHE
and a member of Delta Omega national public health honorary society and Eta Sigma
Gamma national health education honorary society.