External Advisory Board

Debra Oto-Kent, M.P.H.

Bio Portrait

Debra Oto-Kent

External Advisory Board Member

Debra Oto-Kent is executive director of the Health Education Council, which is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and preventing disease among at-risk populations. Ms. Oto-Kent founded the Council in 1991 after working for more than 13 years in the nonprofit health sector. She received her undergraduate degree in health science and safety studies from San Diego State University and her master’s degree in health education and behavioral science from UCLA’s School of Public Health. Ms. Oto-Kent’s primary area of interest and expertise is health education — with an emphasis on traditionally underserved populations, such as the socio-economically disadvantaged and diverse ethnic populations — about which she has written and spoken extensively. She has served on boards and committees of numerous local and statewide health promotion organizations including her current service as a founding board member of the Capitol Community Health Network and board member for CANFiT. Ms. Oto-Kent received the Outstanding Women of Achievement in Healthcare Award from the Downtown Capitol Chapter of Business and Professional Women and the Sacramento Women’s Council’s Leadership Award; 2010 Service and Advocacy Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee Greater Sacramento area and other recognitions. She is a past chair of the California Breast Cancer Research Program council and an 11 year breast cancer survivor.