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In 1997, Dr. Charles Mahan, then dean of the USF College of Public     Health, Sam Fustukjian, director of the USF Libraries, and Dr. E. Charlton Prather, a former Florida health officer, established the Florida Public Health Oral History Program. Dr. Prather interviewed administrators, physicians, laboratory managers, epidemiologists, nurses, and many other experts, prominent in the field of public health in Florida. The interviews were conducted at Florida Department of Health units in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and West Palm Beach from 1997-2002. 

In this collection, the 60 interviewees discuss their motivation to pursue a career in the field, their education, the challenges and highlights of their jobs, and their determination to ensure the health of the people of Florida despite organizational upheaval and the vicissitudes of state politics.

Note: Audio files for all of the interviews are currently available online, but transcripts are not yet available for all interviews.  The Oral History team is working on the transcripts and the transcript pdfs will be added as they are completed

The 125th Anniversary of Public Health in Florida
By E. Russell Jackson, Jr.
Series Published in the FPHA The Florida Public Health Advocate Newsletter in 2014

Part 1  The 125th Anniversary of Public Health in Florida
Part 2  The Law Creating the State Board of Health on February 20, 1889
Part 3  Dr. Joseph Yates Porter:  Florida's First State Health Officer
Part 4  Dr. Henry Hanson and the Years Between Dr. Porter and Dr. Sowder
Part 5  Dr. Wilson Sowder and the Golden era of Public Health in Florida
Part 6  Dr. Charlton Prather and the First Years after the State Board of Health
Part 7  The Historic Mission of the Florida Public Health Association
Part 8  Dr. Carl Brumback and County Health Departments in Florida
Part 9  Florida's Historic Capitol and the History of Florida's Public Health
Part 10  An Idea Whose Time Had Come:  Florida's First College of Public Health
and 125th Anniversary of Public Health in Florida Exhibition in the Historic Capitol Museum
Part 11  Miami's First Public Health Officer:  James M. Jackson, Jr., M.D.
Part 12  The 125th Anniversary of Public Health in Florida and the Creation of the Department of Health in 1996

125 Years of Florida Public Health Podcasts

The Florida Department of Health is pleased
to recognize 125 years of Florida public health
by presenting Florida Public Health Heroes.
In these pages, we honor those public health
professionals who have tirelessly sought to improve
health and quality of life for the people of Florida.

State Board of Health Officers 1889-2015

Historical Podcasts



FPHA Past Presidents-see list here

BYLAWS-approved 2007

Florida's Public Health Heritage
Bill Bigler & Davis. D. Janowski

       FPHA History Chapter

Public Health in
Florida-Yesteryear

Florida's Public Health Centennial
William J. Bigler
Department of Health,
Florida Journal of Public Health
Vol. 1, No. 3, May 1989, p 7-19
 

 

100 years of public health in Florida.
 
The first and second quarters, 1889-1939

William J. Bigler
Department of Health
Journal of the Florida Medical Association
Vol. 76, No. 8, August 1989, p 693-697

 

100 years of public health in Florida.
 
The third quarter, 1940-1964

William J. Bigler
Department of Health
Journal of the Florida Medical Association
Vol. 76, No. 9, September 1989, p 800-805

   

100 years of public health in Florida.
 
The fourth quarter, 1965-1989

William J. Bigler
Department of Health
Journal of the Florida Medical Association
Vol. 76, No. 10, October 1989, p 889-895

 

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