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Kara Watts

Region IV MRC Regional Liaison

Kara Watts, known professionally as K. D. Watts, serves as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Regional Liaison for Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN) for the MRC Program under the Readiness Division within the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She provides technical assistance and support to the existing MRC units in the region and helps people interested in the MRC to start a unit when there is not currently an active MRC in their local community. Kara works closely with individual units to support the mission of ASPR and coordinate goals with the MRC Program.

Ms. Watts was the CEO and Health Care Administrator for Community Care Network Incorporated (CCN), a non-profit community based health service provider from September 2010 to October 2018. CCN provides medical and clinical services throughout Alabama for uninsured, underinsured, and medically indigent adults. CCN partners with the faith-based community and local churches to sponsor clinics with its mobile units. Ms. Watts represented CCN and Alabama at the Annual National Health Disparities Conferences sponsored by MUSC and Congressional Members. Ms. Watts was also the Special Projects Medical Coordinator for PROJECT HELP USA, headquartered in Birmingham, AL. PROJECT HELP USA’s mission is similar to CCN’s but also cares for professional athletes, politicians, actors, and numerous organizations and communities both nationally and internationally. She was the Alabama State Team Leader for Doctors for America. Ms. Watts served as co-chair for the Department of Labor Workforce Investment Board Youth Council and has participated in awarding more than $10 million to the Youth of Jefferson County. She serves on numerous boards, including Birmingham Healthy Start Plus Inc.

Ms. Watts is a native of Baldwin County, AL. She was educated at Faulkner State Community College prior to transferring to the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. She earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University with high honors. Ms. Watts was recognized for her outstanding work during Hurricane Katrina by the Alabama Legislature and then Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Watts is a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated. When her schedule permits, she enjoys traveling, sewing, crafting, and spending time with her family.

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