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Florida Health Grand Rounds

Florida Health Grand Rounds

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The Florida Health Grand Rounds will be a monthly webinar presentation (during the fall and spring semesters) given by a researcher from one of Florida’s colleges or universities and hosted by the Florida Department of Health. The topics will have a broad focus, touching on emerging, innovative, and cross-cutting areas of public health. Department staff as well as researchers and staff from Florida’s colleges and universities are invited to attend.

The goals of the Florida Health Grand Rounds are to:

  • Provide department staff with the opportunity to learn about various topics and research in public health being carried out by Florida’s top researchers
  • Create an environment where department staff and college and university researchers can interact, leading to an exchange of ideas and collaborative partnerships
  • Provide an opportunity for Florida researchers to highlight and share their work with department staff, leading to a more efficient transition into public health practice

Featured Presentation

Childhood Obesity: The Causes and What We Can Do to Fight It

November 14, 2017 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM EST

Presented by Michelle Cardel PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Hosted by the Florida Department of Health

From 2011 to 2014, the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States was 17.0 percent with non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics having an even greater prevalence of obesity than others. Obesity is associated with a myriad of physical, social, and emotional health issues including elevated blood pressure, discrimination, and depression. In addition to poor health outcomes, obesity also contributes to widespread medical care costs upwards of $147 billion a year. Since obesity is a multifactorial disease, it is not easily attributed to one aspect of a person’s life. Previous research have indicated that genetics, environment, and behavior all play a role in the development of obesity. In this presentation, Dr. Cardel will discuss various social determinants of health. Additionally, she will examine the current evidence for childhood obesity prevention and treatment options, as well as health policy strategies that may influence obesity-related outcomes.

Click here to register for Dr. Michelle Cardel's presentation

The planners/speaker have no relevant financial disclosures.

  • Year 17/18 Schedule of Presentations
  • Past Presentations




August 8, 2017

Karlette Peck, PA, MPH

Health Officer, Martin County

Leah Atwell, MPH

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Coordinator

Florida Department of Health Research Excellence Initiative

Class 2 Research Project Presentations

October 10, 2017

Claudia Parvanta, PhD

University of South Florida

Social Marketing in Public Health

November 14, 2017

Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD

University of Florida


December 4, 2017

George Rust, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM

Florida State University

Paths to Health Equity: Overcoming Health Disparities in Florida

Disclaimer: The opinions and content expressed in the presentations are those of the presenter for educational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Florida Department of Health.

To participate as a presenter at a future Florida Health Grand Rounds, please fill out the Presentation Proposal Form.

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