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DCHD Welcomes New Director

DR. KELLI WELLS NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN DUVAL COUNTY

 
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) welcomes Dr. Kelli T. Wells, M.D., as the new Director of the Department of Health in Duval County. Since 2009, Dr. Wells served as Clinical Services Director of the DOH in Escambia County, where, in addition to providing clinical care, she promoted community health education. She also spent the past year participating in the Department’s Health Leadership Institute and Practice Management Institute.

 "Dr. Wells brings an extensive background in public health, a depth of medical expertise and a vibrant connection to the community of Duval County," said Dr. John Armstrong, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. "This selection was made with unprecedented community collaboration and I’d like to express my thanks to the city council for their concurrence."

Dr. Wells previously worked in Duval County, serving as Chief Medical Officer at the Agape Community Health Center, Medical Director at the West Jacksonville Family Health Center, and Fast Track Physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital emergency room.

In Pensacola, Dr. Wells served as the center physician at Physicians Weight Loss Center, a private physician at Baptist Physician Associates, a clinical research investigator at Baptist Clinical Research, and a hyperbaric physician at the Haas Center for Wound Services at Baptist Hospital.

 

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Tuberculosis Investigation

DCHD Tuberculosis Epi-Aid Investigation Update

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RESPONDS TO TB RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the 2012 TB cluster in Duval County. A follow-up to the October 2012 Duval County TB cluster progress report was sent to CDC this week.

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Looking for Ways to Eat Right? Try the Right License.

Where do you get your nutritional information from? More importantly, are the people you are listening to for nutritional advice licensed nutritionists or dieticians?  You may not realize it, but there are many reasons to consult a licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN) or licensed nutrition counselor (LNC) instead of listening to an unlicensed or unreliable source.  

The Nutrition and You: Trend 2011 survey conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) reported that only 1% of participants use dietitians as a source of health information as opposed to the 67% that use information learned from television. The survey also reported that the participants would consult family and friends for health information before consulting a LDN or LNC.

 

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