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Brown Speights named permanent chair of Family Medicine
and Rural Health

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Oct. 2, 2018

Joedrecka Brown Speights has been named permanent chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Dean John P. Fogarty announced today via an email to the College of Medicine.

In April, Brown Speights was named interim chair when Daniel Van Durme was promoted to senior associate dean for clinical and community affairs.

“She has served very capably as Interim Chair … and has the complete support of her peers and colleagues,” Fogarty wrote in his email.

Brown Speights’ promotion takes effect Oct. 15. Earlier this year she was promoted from associate professor to professor – “on the basis of her background, contributions to her specialty, and incredible career to date,” Fogarty wrote.

She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine, completed family medicine residency training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, completed a maternal child health fellowship at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, and worked at the University of South Florida Morton Plant Mease Health Care Family Medicine Residency Program, where she was assistant program director, followed by vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the hospital and then chair of family medicine at the Mease Countryside Hospital.

Brown Speights came to the FSU College of Medicine in 2012.

“Since her arrival, she has made a great impact locally, regionally, and nationally,” Fogarty wrote. “She has a passion to achieve health equity, and she has developed programs for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine on ways to teach health care providers to reduce health care disparities, promote mentorship, and achieve health equity. She has also worked with the Family Medicine for America’s Health program on its Health Equity Team.

“Locally, she has served as leader, planner and moderator at several community/academic conferences addressing maternal and child health equity and education. This past year, she was chosen as an Inaugural 2017 Fellow for the Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship at George Washington University, now a part of the global community of Atlantic Fellows through the Atlantic Institute, and was recently awarded FSU’s prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award for her record of scholarly and service work dedicated to the underserved.

“She has represented the College of Medicine at the AAMC Council on Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) for the past five years and has given national presentations as an educator at AAMC, CFAS and STFM. She has taught at all levels of the medical school curriculum, served on several curricular design committees, our COM Curriculum Committee, advisor for several students and co-advisor for SNMA, co-chair of the COM Wellness Committee and as research mentor for 10 students through our Bridge and summer research fellowship programs.”

Fogarty said he was confident that Brown Speights would be an outstanding department chair.