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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES NEW DIVISION DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION
~Director to lead programs including healthy foods, nutrition education and disease prevention~
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today announced the appointment of Betsy Wood as the new Division Director of Community Health Promotion, effective immediately. The Division’s program includes the bureaus of Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Child Care Food, Tobacco Free Florida, Family and Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention.
“The Department of Health promotes and protects health across the lifespan,” said Interim Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services Dr. Dennis Cookro. “I look forward to Ms. Wood’s continued leadership and expertise in this role which will help all Floridians to make healthy choices.”
Ms. Wood has been the Chronic Disease Director and the Chief of the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention within DOH since 2008. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida State University and her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida.
Ms. Wood has worked in public health for more than 28 years in a variety of programs, including Children’s Medical Services (Florida’s Children with Special Healthcare Needs program), HIV/AIDS prevention and control, and maternal and child health. She has been the Title X Director as well as the Officer for Women’s Health Strategy, Acting Deputy Secretary for Health and Director of Nursing, and Acting Director of the Division of Community Health Promotion at various times in her career. She has served as an adjunct instructor with the FSU College of Nursing and has been co-chair of DOH’s Institutional Review Board. Prior to her work with DOH, she was instrumental in creating the Community Care for the Elderly Program in Leon County, now known as Elder Care Services. Her clinical experience included labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care.
For more information about the Division of Community Health Promotion and its various programs, please visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/family/fhdescription.html.
The Florida Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
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