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Aimee S Pragle MMSc, MSPH, PA-C

Aimee S Pragle MMSc, MSPH, PA-C

Assistant Professor

aimee.pragle@med.fsu.edu
(850) 645-2632
Main Campus

Biosketch

Mrs. Aimee Pragle is an assistant professor in the FSU College of Medicine School of Physician Assistant Practice. She has experience as a Physician Assistant in the areas of Cardiology and Urgent Care. As a Cardiology Physician Assistant, she provided care to cardiac patients in the clinic and hospital setting. In addition to her academic duties, she provides care to patients at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Urgent Care Center.

Before completing her Physician Assistant training, Mrs. Pragle served as a Public Health Epidemiologist. She completed a fellowship with the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service. In this role Mrs. Pragle provided epidemiological support in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of disease surveillance and outbreak investigation data. She was deployed state-wide to Hurricanes “Charley”, “Frances” and “Ivan” for the State of Florida Disaster Epidemiology Response Team. Conducted post-disaster surveillance for illness and injury in disaster affected areas. Served as liaison between the State Bureau of Epidemiology and county health departments and private health care providers.

She then continued her public health career as Respiratory Disease Epidemiologist for Florida Department of Health. In this role she was responsible for Florida’s respiratory disease surveillance including designing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating traditional and innovative surveillance systems for disease and deaths due to influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Legionella, and other pathogens. Mrs. Pragle also served as a Lead Poisoning Prevention Epidemiologist where she was responsible for Florida’s lead poisoning laboratory data surveillance system including designing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating both clinical and environmental aspects of lead poisoning disease control.

In 2008 she accepted the position of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Director for Georgia Department of Community Health. In this role she was responsible for management and analysis of data from the Georgia BRFSS. She served as a member on public health teams in reviewing chronic disease data to identify strategies for reducing the burden of disease in Georgia in areas such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Mrs. Pragle realized her passion of caring for patients through her public health work and graduated from the Emory University Physician Assistant Program in 2011.

Education

Emory University, Masters of Medical Science, Physician Assistant Studies: December 2011

Oregon State University, Masters of Science, Public Health: May 2004

Brevard College, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies: May 2001

Service

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, serve as the Area Representative for Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden Counties: 2017 - current

Emory University, Migrant Farm Worker Family Health Project Participant: 2010

Honors/Awards

Heritage Award, Emory University, School of Medicine: 2011

Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology: Employee of the Half Year: 2007

Association of Environmental Health Programs Student Research Competition Award: 2004

Environmental Health Specialist Network Research Grant: 2004

Graduate Studies Academic Scholarship, Oregon State University: 2004

Funding to serve as Graduate Student Researcher, Regional Tribal Exposure Scenarios Based on Major Ecological Zones and Traditional Subsistence Lifestyles, Oregon State University: 2004

Linus Pauling Scholarship, Oregon State University: 2003

Memberships

American Academy of Physician Assistants

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants

American Heart Association

Florida Public Health Association

Research Focus

Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, Cardiology, Public Health

Publications

Merten J, Higgins S, Rowan, A, Pragle A. Sun Safety Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Among Beachgoing Adolescents. American Journal of Health Education. January 2014; 45:37-41.

Hatcher B, Clarkson L, Horan J, Pragle A. Alcohol Use in Georgia: Health Behaviors, Chronic Conditions and Preventive Health Practices. Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health, February 2010.

Pragle A, Cho P, Bryan L, Wu M, Bayaklay R. Diabetes in Georgia: Health Behaviors, Chronic Conditions and Preventive Health Practices, Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health, November 2009.

Bodager D. Goodin, K. Hammond, R. Pragle, A. et al. Guidelines for the Surveillance, Investigation, and Control of Legionnaires’ Disease in Florida. Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Public Health Medicine, September 2008.

Pragle A, Blackmore C, Clark TA, Ari M, Gross D. Public Health Consequences of a False-Positive Laboratory Test Result for Brucella – Florida, Georgia, and Michigan. Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review; June 6, 2008; 57(22);603-605.

Kurlfink J, Pragle A, Miller C. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program 2006 Annual Surveillance Report. Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Public Health Medicine, April 2008.

Pragle A, Everett J, Stark L, Mock V. Florida Influenza Surveillance Weekly Reports. Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology. 2007 – 2008.

Pragle A, Harding AK, Mack JC. Food Workers’ Perspectives on Handwashing Behaviors and Barriers in the Restaurant Environment. Journal of Environmental Health; June 2007; 69:1027-31.

Pragle A, Ward, K, Towle, M. Outbreak of Norovirus Gastroenteritis, St. Augustine, FL Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, EpiUpdate: March 2005.