Florida Public Health Institute Names Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Director: King Supports Institute’s Mission to Advance Knowledge and Practice of Public Health

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“I am honored to accept this position and look forward to supporting the Florida Public Health Institute on many levels in my new role as Deputy Director. We are at a critical juncture in the health of our citizenry, and I’m committed to advancing the health of Floridians in whatever ways I can.” said Dr. King.

Claude Earl Fox, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director of Florida Public Health Institute (FPHI) today announced the appointment of Roderick Kenneth King, M.D., M.P.H. as Deputy Director.

“Dr. King’s rich experiences with diverse and underserved communities in the United States and internationally affords him the unique ability to create and implement strategies that lead positive change in health care, public health, and health policy,” said Dr. Fox. “He will be an excellent addition to the Institute as his background is very much in line with FPHI’s mission.”

Dr. King’s extensive medical and health academic training include a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University; M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, where he earned the Honors in Research Award as an NIH Young Investigator; M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health; Council for Excellence in Government and University of North Carolina School of Public Health’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“I am honored to accept this position and look forward to supporting the Florida Public Health Institute on many levels in my new role as Deputy Director. We are at a critical juncture in the health of our citizenry, and I’m committed to advancing the health of Floridians in whatever ways I can.” said Dr. King.

Dr. Roderick K. King is currently the President of Next Generation Consulting Group, an organization that uses strategic planning, leadership, organizational development, and evaluation to build healthy communities. In addition, Dr. King is faculty in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Center, and formerly Director of the Program on Cultural Competence in Research in Harvard Clinical Translational Science Center (Harvard Catalyst).

He most recently served as the Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), New England Regional Division and as a Commander in the US Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HRSA, he was responsible for the management of $190M in grants; the supervision of staff and activities in Primary Care, Maternal and Child Health, and the National Health Service Corp; and for improving their individual and collective performance within their local community and state to meet the needs of underserved populations. During his tenure with HRSA, Dr. King was selected as a Council for Excellence in Government Fellow and received numerous awards and citations for his work in developing a performance evaluation system for HRSA grant programs and the development of HRSA´s first Balanced Score Card.

In 2011, Dr. King was selected as one of twenty scholars in the Western Hemisphere for the new Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, and problem-solving with a focus on improving the quality of life for communities in the region. His Fulbright project focused on “Leadership Innovation for Collective Impact to Address the Chronic Disease Epidemic in the Caribbean.” He currently serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. King was selected as one of two Inaugural Fellows for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. At the IOM, he served as a Committee Member for the IOM Roundtable on Eliminating Health Disparities, as a Member of the IOM Board on Global Health (BGH), and as a Committee Member for the (BGH) study, “The US Commitment to Global Health.”

His academic work and key consulting roles focus on leadership and organizational development in community based organizations; public health, health workforce planning; diversity and cultural competence; and evaluation and impact assessment for programs that address health disparities. His clients include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Connecticut Health Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pan American Health Organization, and Tuskegee University. Dr. King’s work leverages leadership development to impact health disparities and the social determinants of health on the health and well-being of children and families, both domestically and internationally.

Dr. King began his career after completing a residency in pediatrics at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. In 1995, he received the Teachers for Africa Award and served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa providing public health instruction to those providing care to populations in rural areas. In 1997, Dr. King was selected for the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy Program. He continued his health policy work with the Senior Health Policy Internship at the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he developed a model to review health workforce planning for the New England Region with HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dentaquest Foundation (formerly the Oral Health Foundation (http://www.dentaquestfoundation.org), the Health Foundation of South Florida (http://www.hfsf.org), the advocacy organization Health Care for All (http://www.hcfama.org), and the media arts organization Amplifyme (http://www.amplifyme.us).

Dr. Fox first had the opportunity to meet Dr. King while he was studying at Harvard in the late 1990s. “Dr. King has an impressive background in public and community health academia and practice and brings a diverse background that will support challenges we face here in Florida,” added Dr. Fox. “He will be a valued team member to the Institute as he is truly impressive on both a professional and personal level.”

Dr. King is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, holds numerous accreditations, affiliations, honors and awards and has many published articles.

About The Florida Public Health Institute (FPHI):
The FPHI works with various local, state and national leaders to develop public-private partnerships that provide recommendations and solutions to health-related matters for the citizens of the state of Florida and the national community. Its mission is to “…advance the knowledge and practice of public health to promote, protect and improve the health of all."    
For more information about the Florida Public Health Institute, visit http://www.flphi.org.

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