Surgeon General Appoints New Interim Health Director

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~Dr. Dawn Allicock to serve Duval County~

TALLAHASSEE – State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong today announced Dawn Allicock, MD, MPH, CPH, as the new Interim Director for the Duval County Health Department, effective Jan. 2, 2013. Dr. Allicock currently serves as the Director and Health Officer with the St. Johns County Health Department. Dr. Allicock replaces Interim Director Dr. Bonnie Sorensen, who was appointed in September. In addition, Kerry Dunlavey, RN, MPHA, MPH, will serve as the new Incident Commander for the Duval County Tuberculosis Cluster Investigation after the first of the year.

“Dr. Allicock is ideal as Interim Director for the Duval County Health Department at this time,” said Dr. Armstrong. “She has extensive expertise in public health infrastructure development and performance improvement, both of which are essential for public health success in Duval County. We are continuing our search for a permanent director.”

Dr. Allicock’s education includes an A.B. from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, an M.D. from the Eugenio Maria de Hostos University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic and an M.P.H. from the University of South Florida, College of Public Health Practice Executive Program. In 2008, as a member of the charter class for voluntary national certification in Public Health, Dr. Allicock became one of the first in the nation to become Certified in Public Health.

She completed her pediatric residency training at University of Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Allicock is licensed to practice medicine in three states, Florida, Texas and Nebraska, board certified in urgent care medicine, and board eligible in pediatrics.

After working as a private practitioner in Texas, Dr. Allicock answered a calling to work in Public Health. Prior to her role at St. Johns, her public health positions have included medical director of a not-for-profit pediatric clinic funded by the Texas Healthcare Network; pediatrician for the St. Lucie and Okeechobee County Health Departments; and Medical Director/Senior Physician and Laboratory Director of St. Lucie County Health Department.

Dr. Allicock is a member of the St. Johns County Medical Society, the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Association of County Health Officers, the Florida Public Health Association, the National Association of City and County Health Officials, the American Public Health Association, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She also serves as chair for both the St. Johns County Infant Mortality Task Force and the St. Johns County Health Leadership Council.

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