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Joedrecka Brown Speights M.D.

Joedrecka Brown Speights M.D.

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Family Medicine & Rural Health

joedrecka.brown@med.fsu.edu
(850) 644-4543
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Biosketch

Prior to joining Florida State University College of Medicine in February 2012, Dr. Brown Speights enjoyed working as a Family Physician with Morton Plant Mease Primary Care Inc. and serving as Chairperson of the Department of Family Medicine at Mease Countryside Hospital in Tampa Bay. She experienced a comprehensive scope of Family Medicine and practiced Obstetrics including cesarean delivery until 2008, after completing a Maternal Child Health Fellowship serving a medically and socially high-risk population on the west side of Chicago. Her special interests include preventive care, women’s health, physician leadership and patient empowerment, underserved medicine, and global health. She is the previous Medical Director of the National Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Turley Family Health Center through the Office of Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services. She has enjoyed active roles as a physician leader within the Baycare Health System in Tampa Bay as well as community leadership as a part of the medical board at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. She previously contributed to medical education as a full-time residency faculty member at the University of South Florida-Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency as assistant director.

Education

B.S., Florida A&M University
M.D., Emory University School of Medicine
Residency, St. Vincent's Family Medicine Residency
Fellowship, West Suburban Maternal Child Health Fellowship International Fellowship, Leaders for Health Equity George Washington University http://equityfellowship.gwhwi.org/

Service

Chair, Maternal and Child Health Equity Collaborative (2015 to present). Junior Faculty Representative, Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) (2013–present). Member, Florida State University College of Medicine Curriculum Committee (2012–present). Member, Florida State University College of Medicine Research Advisory Council (2012–present). Faculty Advisor, Florida State University College of Medicine Student National Medical Association (2012–present). Steering Committee member, Minority and Multicultural Health Collaborative, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) (2017). Member, Family Medicine for America's Health Health Equity Team (2016-2017). Co-Chair, Minority and Multicultural Group, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) (2012–2016). Member (2012-present). Program Planning Committee, Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) (2015–2017). Research Committee, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) (2013–2017).

Honors/Awards

Capital Area Healthy Start 25th Anniversary Benefit for Babies, Angel Honoree for Leadership and Support (2017).
Guardian of the Mission and Service Award, FSU College of Medicine (2014).

Memberships

Florida Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Research Focus

Maternal Child Health, Health Disparities/Equity

Publications

Brown Speights, J. S., Nowakowski, A., De Leon, J., Mitchell, M. M., & Simpson, I. Engaging African American women in research: an approach to eliminate health disparities in the African American community. Fam Pract 2017 June; 34 (3): 322-329.
Chen F.M., Overstreet F., Cole A., Kost A., Brown Speights J.S. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Curricula in US Medical Schools: A CERA Study. PRiMER. 2017 June; 1:6.
Brown Speights, J.S., Goldfarb, S.S., Wells, B.A., Beitsch, L., Levine, R.S., Rust, G. State-Level Progress in Reducing the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap, 1999-2013. AmJ Public Health. 2017 May;107(5):775–782.
Rodgers, D.V., Wendling, A.L., Saba, G.W., Mahoney, M.R., Brown Speights, J.S. Preparing Family Physicians to Care for Underserved Populations: A Historical Perspective. Family Medicine. 2017 Apr;49(4):304-310.
Brown Speights, J. S., Mitchell, M. M., Nowakowski, A., De Leon, J., & Simpson, I. (2015). Exploring the Cultural and Social Context of Black Infant Mortality. Practicing Anthropology, 37(4), 33-37.
Teaching About Racism in the Context of Persistent Health and Healthcare Disparities: How Educators Can Enlighten Themselves and Their Learners. Collaborative publication. May 2016 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) FMDRL at http://resourcelibrary.stfm.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=9be752f0-ba82-42b6-ba95-aab18af723f2.