Healthy Start Childbirth Education Classes
Florida Department of Health
in Suwannee County
Contact Colleen Cody at 386-362-2708 ext 218
Department of Health is recognizing 125 years of Florida Public Health
during 2014 with educational and commemorative events. 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 Public Health Officer.
Florida’s rapid population growth was due in large part to public health efforts that controlled disease and improved environmental health. Throughout 2014, the Department will offer educational and health information opportunities in light of the 125th anniversary. The Department invites Florida’s residents and visitors to join in recognizing 125 years of protecting, promoting and improving the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.