Philip chosen to chair the American Heart Association Board


Celeste Philip, M.D., MPH, was elected Chair of Health Equity to the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate (GSA) Board of Directors. She is serving on the board during the association’s 2013-2014 fiscal year. The GSA services Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Celeste Philip
Dr. Celeste Philip

Philip is serving as the Interim Deputy Secretary for Health Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services (CMS) for the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee. She previously served the Florida Department of Health as medical director in Volusia County.

Philip has been affiliated with the organization for three years. In that time, she has served as a member and a Chair of the GSA Health Equity Committee. She has also represented the American Heart Association at the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health in February 2012.

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.

“I am honored to continue to serve as a board member and look forward to helping the American Heart Association lead the fight to saves lives from cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” said Philip, “and to advance our affiliate’s strategies to improve heart health, particularly in communities of color who disproportionately suffer from heart disease and stroke.”



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