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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
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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.


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


Participation in the Starfield Health Equity Summit ( as a part of the Family Medicine for America’s Health Core Equity Team.

Invitation to participate in the Beyond Flexnor Alliance Retreat.

Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship


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


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;107:775–782. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303689

Chen, F., Overstreet, F., Cole, A.M., Kost, A., Brown Speights, J.S., Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Curricula in US Medical Schools. (accepted February 20, 2017, in press). Primer.

Rodgers, D., Brown Speights, J.S., Mahoney, M., Saba, G., Wendling, A. Preparing Family Physicians to Care for Underserved Populations: A Historical Perspective. Family Medicine. 2017 Apr;49(4):304-310

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 Black Community. Family Practice. 2017 Apr 6. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx026. [Epub ahead of print]