Public Health Program Social Justice Speakers Series 2017

Session 3: 9/25/17 - The Life Course Perspective of the Incarcerated


t Mohle-Boetani, MD, MPHJanet Mohle-Boetani, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Public Health Unit,
California Correctional Health Care Services

Dr. Mohle-Boetani is a Deputy Medical Executive with the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS); she is the chief of the public health branch in CCHCS. After completing medical school and internal medicine residency at Stanford University, she completed both the Epidemic Intelligence Service and preventive medicine residency with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and earned her MPH at UC Berkeley. She worked for the Santa Clara County Health Department for two years and with the California State Department of Public Health for 14 years in both the TB control branch and the Infectious Diseases Branch. While working in the state health department she supervised an investigation of a large outbreaks of tuberculosis, campylobacteriosis, and coccidioidomycosis in state correctional facilities. In 2008 she joined CCHCS as the chief of the newly created public health branch where she was tasked with developing the public health program for the 35 correctional institutions in California. She is dedicated to preventing and controlling public health problems among inmates in California state prisons including the control of TB, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, varicella, coccidioidomycosis, and influenza.

Elena Tootell, MD Elena Tootell, MD
Chief Medical Officer
San Quentin State Prison

Dr. Elena Tootell graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed residency in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. She began working with the California Department of Corrections as a medical consultant in 2005 and joined the CDCR in 2008 as the Chief Medical Officer at San Quentin State Prison. She attempts to coordinate the care of multiple disparate programs including an RC, dialysis unit, more than 700 condemned men in the state of California, and 2000 low security lifers- all in a prison with infrastructure that dates back to 1852. More than half of her endorsed population is over 50, and more than 1 out of every ten endorsed inmates is over 65.