FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced last week that Dr. Celeste Philip is the new deputy secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services (CMS). Philip has served as the interim deputy secretary since June of this year.
“Dr. Philip is a proven leader in public health and strong advocate for medically fragile children,” said Dr. John Armstrong, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. “She is well-positioned to further our progress toward health equity and healthiest weight for all Floridians.”
Philip previously served DOH as assistant director for Public Health in Volusia County and interim chief for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases. She was the interim director for DOH in Volusia, Calhoun and Liberty counties.
On local board
In addition, she served as medical director for DOH in Polk County where she chaired the Polk Health Care Alliance Infrastructure Committee and served on the board of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, through which she provided primary care to uninsured patients.
She is a board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia as well as a steering committee member of the Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit 7 Disproportionate Minority Contact Initiative.
Philip graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish. She later received a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health and a Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in California.
She completed her residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando and was a Preventive Medicine Resident with the CDC. Philip is Board Certified with the American Academy of Family Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine.