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Public Health Program Manager
Florida Department of Health in Broward County
"My goal is to assist disparate groups with achieving equitable health through public health practices by developing programs and maximizing outcomes with community health education and open access to treatment options. Providing tools and resources to vulnerable communities will reset social norms and ultimately motivate those most affected by preventative health conditions to lead healthier lives through modified behavior."
Three words to describe me:
ambitious, resilient, diligent
The best part of my job:
providing community education and resources to prepare disparate populations with essential tools to lead healthier lives. Thus, resetting normative behaviors to turn the curve on health disparities.
Something that would surprise others about me:
To date, I have not learned how to swim, but I love to participate in water activities while on vacation.
Since 2013, Latonya Delaughter has prioritized the health and well-being of the residents of Broward County. As a public health program manager, she is responsible for managing the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the Tobacco Prevention Program for the county. Under her leadership, the program has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials on multiple occasions: Model Practice (2020), Promising Practice (2019) and Promising Practice (2016).
Latonya thrives under pressure and has played leading roles in various emergency situations. While the emergencies have varied from COVID-19 to Hurricane Irma and Dorian, her work ethic and dedication to the job remains unchanged. In her emergency response role, she has worn multiple hats, including managing the only pediatric special needs shelter in the county, as well as currently managing testing and vaccination sites in Broward.
Latonya holds a Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a BS in Health Education from the University of Florida.