Local doctor to help lead American Heart Association

Dr. Celeste Philip elected to serve on board of directors


Dr. Celeste M. Philip has been selected chair of Cultural Health to the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate Board of Directors. She is serving on the board during the association’s 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Dr. Celeste M. Philip

Philip is the assistant director for Public Health at the Volusia County Health Department where she is responsible for a number of public health programs including Disease Control, Environmental Health, Nutrition and Health Promotion.

During the upcoming year, Philip’s leadership will help the organization impact heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women. The Greater Southeast Affiliate services Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.

‘Deeply committed’
“As a clinician and public health practitioner, I am deeply committed to promoting and supporting healthy lifestyle choices, and look forward to working with the American Heart Association to further help the community,” said Philip.

The board will help the association achieve its 2020 impact goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

A few outlined responsibilities include:
Controlling and managing the affairs, funds, and property of the affiliate
Approving the final annual budget and other fiscal matters for the affiliate
Approving all operational policies
Delegating the implementation of operational policy

Philip received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Howard University majoring in English and Spanish. She continued on to receive a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health, as well as a Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif.



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