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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

Kelly A. Browne, Refugee Health Program Administrator

Ms. Browne has worked with the Refugee Health Program since April 2009.  She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and went on to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Social Work.  Ms. Browne is responsible for the daily operations of Florida’s Refugee Health Program and oversight of all functions and duties performed by headquarters staff in the Refugee Health Program. The Program Administrator acts as the liaison between the Department of Health and our state and federal partners including the Department of Children and Families, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Ms. Browne provides input on refugee health policies and protocols developed by our federal partners, assists in the preparation of federal grant applications and reports, provides daily technical assistance to local refugee health programs, participates in local refugee task force meetings, and provides up-to-date, culture-specific information to county health departments (CHD) to ensure services are provided in a culturally sensitive manner.  Ms. Browne also serves as the Chair of the national Association of 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.

Rethema Horne, Health Information Specialist

Ms. Horne has worked with the Refugee Health Program from 1994 – 2002 and rejoined the program in 2004.  Ms. Horne graduated from Tallahassee Community College with an associate’s degree in Business Administration and is currently enrolled at Flagler College pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. Ms. Horne is primarily responsible for ensuring timely electronic notifications of new refugee arrivals to CHDs, ensures proper retention of records, generates CHD activity summary/payment status reports, processes direct orders (DO) in the state purchasing system (MFMP), and maintains contact listings for local, state, and national Refugee Health Coordinators.