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Latesha Elopre, MD

Dr. Latesha Elopre is an Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases at UAB. She is also Director in the Department of Medical Education for the UAB School of Medicine, Associate Scientist for the UAB Center for AIDS Research, and serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Elopre completed her medical degree at University of Florida’s College of Medicine. She then completed Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases’ Fellowship training at University of Alabama at Birmingham. During this time, she also received her Master of Science in Public Health/Applied Epidemiology. Her research interests have focused on decreasing HIV-related health disparities for communities living in the South.

Mary Scott Hodgin

Mary Scott Hodgin is an award-winning journalist from Birmingham, AL. She covers health and science, as well as Alabama’s prison system. Hodgin grew up in Birmingham and attended the University of Alabama. Before joining public radio, she lived in Spain and worked as a camp counselor in rural Wyoming and Alaska. She has experience in documentary filmmaking and is fluent in Spanish.

Mark Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson serves as the Health Officer for Jefferson County and as CEO of the Jefferson County Department of Health. In this role, he oversees a $55 million budget with the mission to prevent disease, assure access to quality health care, promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy environment, and protect people against public health threats. To achieve this mission, Dr. Wilson oversees health department programs in air quality control, restaurant, school and other facility inspections, and six clinics serving over 200,000 patients each year. As a Board of Health member, Dr. Wilson has supported the many activities of the Health Action Partnership, a coalition of local agencies committed to improving health and quality of life in Jefferson County. Dr. Wilson’s service to our community extends over his 20 year career as a physician and Chief of Staff at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, a clinical teacher for UAB Medicine students and residents, and a member of both the Jefferson County Medical Society Board and the Jefferson County Board of Health. He has also served on other local boards and has been involved with national organizations that focus on the poor and underserved, and on ensuring availability of quality health care for everyone. Dr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and his medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Wilson and his wife, Marian, have four children.