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Meet Our Staff

Contact the Refugee Health Program

  • 850-245-4310
  • Fax

    850-413-9092
  • Mailing Address

    Refugee Health Program

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-13

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721

Sue M. Higgins, Refugee Health Program Administrator

Ms. Higgins came to the Refugee Health Program in 2015, and has worked for the Florida Department of Health since 1995. She was the Program Director for the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program for the last twelve years.  She previously worked in the Prevention Section within the Bureau of HIV/AIDS. Ms. Higgins graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and a master’s degree in Public Health.  During her tenure at the department, she has served in a leadership role with several national and state councils including the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council, and the Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council. She currently serves as a member of the Association for State Refugee Health Coordinators (ARHC). 

Julie L. Framingham, Refugee Health Program Analyst

Mrs. Framingham has worked with the Refugee Health Program since August 2013 and graduated from Florida State University with a master's degree in Social Work.  She is responsible for preparing federal grant applications and reports, writing, updating, and managing statewide agreements and contracts for refugee health services including interpretation services, participating in quality assurance activities, providing technical assistance to local refugee health programs, and conducting bill and policy analyses.  The position also serves as an associate member of ARHC and provides oversight to the Florida Refugee Health Program in the absence of the Program Administrator.

Brandi Andrews, Refugee Health Program Registered Nursing Consultant

Mrs. Andrews has worked with the Refugee Health Program since December 2011 and graduated from Tallahassee Community College with a degree in Nursing.  Mrs. Andrews is responsible for providing technical assistance to central office and CHD staff regarding clinical matters related to the refugee population, reviewing and revising health screening protocols and reimbursement fees, and conducting quality assurance activities. Mrs. Andrews also provides contract management and programmatic oversight to the Extended Refugee Health Services Program that operates in four counties within the state and participates in local Refugee Task Force Meetings.

Alonna Hudson, Refugee Health Program Data Manager

Ms. Hudson has worked with the Refugee Health Program since July 2007 and has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development.  Ms. Hudson ensures continuous functioning of the statewide Refugee Domestic Health Assessment System, works closely with the Electronic Disease Notification System managed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to ensure timely refugee arrival notifications are received and processed.  The Data Manager acts as a liaison with Department of Children and Families, Refugee Services; DOH Office of Revenue Management; and the Bureau of TB & Refugee Health in responding to operational issues that affect the reimbursement of federal funds to CHDs.  Ms. Hudson also provides data reports for local, state, and national partners, and maintains user access to refugee data systems.