Florida Department of Health to Recognize 125 Years of Public Health in Florida

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Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Health together with leaders from the Florida Legislature will recognize 125 years of Florida Public Health with a ceremony on February 20, 2014. The event will highlight the Legislature’s leadership and foresight to create the State Board of Health in Florida 125 years ago. The growth of Florida’s population through the years was made possible largely through public health efforts to control disease and improve environmental health.


  • Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.


  • The Cabinet Meeting Room
  • Lower level – Capital   (Tallahassee, FL)


  • 125th Anniversary of Florida Public Health Recognition Event

The state Legislature created the State Board of Health on February 20, 1889, in response to yellow fever epidemics in Jacksonville and other port cities and Dr. Joseph Yates Porter from Key West became Florida’s first State Health Officer. The Florida Department of Health is recognizing 125 years of public health during 2014 with educational and commemorative events. More information is available at www.FLHealth125.gov.

The Florida Department of Health protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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