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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

Paths to Health Equity: Overcoming Health Disparities in Florida

December 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., EST4052 Bald Cypress Way, Room 301
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Presented by George Rust, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM
Florida State University
Professor and Director
Center for Medicine and Public Health

Health disparities are a pervasive and persistent cause of preventable suffering and death, as well as excess costs. For example, we could save a baby’s life almost every day in Florida if we could eliminate the black-white infant mortality gap (348 excess infant deaths per year). This session will explore multifactorial root causes of health disparities in Florida and the U.S., ranging from social “determinants” and structural inequalities to health behaviors, as well as healthcare access and quality.

Click here to register for Dr. George Rust’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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