Volusia health director named Great Communicator by local public relations professionals

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DAYTONA BEACH  –  Bonnie J. Sorensen, MD, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, was named 2013 Great Communicator by the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA).

Sorensen will be honored Aug. 13 at the 14th annual “Gems in Communications” Great Communicator Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at the Port Orange Cypress Head Golf Club. The annual award, given to one outstanding communications professional in Volusia and Flagler counties, is the highest honor bestowed by the chapter.

Kent Donahue, FPRA chapter president, said Sorensen is celebrated for her tireless promotion of healthy lifestyles and public education. “Dr.  Sorensen has been highly successful in articulating the interconnection between public health and our everyday lives,” he said. “She has demonstrated a lifetime of accomplishments in effective communication.”

On prestigious boards
With more than 20 years in public health, Sorensen’s professional experience includes service as deputy director of the Florida Department of Health, president of the Florida Public Health Association and recognition as an HIV/AIDS expert.

In 2007, Sorensen helped launch the new California Department of Public Health in Sacramento under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2012 she was assigned as incident commander of the tuberculosis cluster investigation in Duval County and was named interim director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County.

Sorensen has served on numerous prestigious boards and has received many honors; most recently she received the 2012 Public Health Hero Award by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.  Board certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Internal Medicine, she earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Illinois.

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